Oral Health Care for Seniors

Did you know that the status of your oral health care could affect your overall health just as much as diet and exercise can? This is important for patients of all ages to realize, however it becomes especially important in senior patients.

As you grow older your teeth and mouth may become more susceptible to deterioration or disease. These conditions can cause problems with all areas of your health and therefore should not be ignored.

Taking simple steps to brush your teeth thoroughly and floss after every meal become increasingly important and you age – but may also become more difficult. Conditions such as arthritis or neurological issues can easily make flossing more of a chore. However, it is very important to still keep up these habits. Neglecting to do so can lead to more painful and costly dental restorations down the line – including extractions.

The onset of gum disease also increases if you neglect your teeth and gums, and the risk for gum disease generally increases with age. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and other health conditions. Finally, pain that accompanies tooth decay and gum disease can lead to poor nutrition if patients have difficulties eating.

In order to avoid the onset of these diseases and oral health conditions it is important to brush and floss after every meal, avoid foods high in acid and sugar, and visit the dentists’ office twice a year.

Contact Lerner & Lemongello today to learn more about ways to properly care for your teeth and gums as you age. If you are already in need of dentures, implants or other restorations as a result of your age, we can help find a beautiful solution for your smile. Contact our office to learn more today.

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