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Dental Care Tips for Aging

For most people, just the thought of having to go to the dentist is enough to send them into a mad frenzy. The only major difference between the elderly and others is the type of dentistry and dental care that is recommended and required.  These senior citizens need a dental office that provides specialized care for the elderly, which is known as geriatric dentistry, to go along with personal dental care that meets their needs.

You can only imagine that elderly individuals have vastly different needs than others when it comes to dental hygiene and care.  By paying careful attention to your dental care, you can have a healthy dental life and maintain it on a regular basis.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for regarding geriatric dentistry and caring for your teeth:

Your Teeth Age, Just Like You Do

As you advance in age, your oral health changes as well as your oral health needs.  Long term consumption of staining foods and beverages can break down the enamel of your teeth as well as lead to the darkening of your teeth.  Medications and certain medical treatments can lead to dry mouth.  Cancer and other medical conditions can also lead to oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss.  Over time, you can lose your sense of taste due to dentures, medications and disease.  Essentially, as you age, you want to be able to know and understand what you may or may not experience as an older adult.

Geriatric Dentistry Care Advice for Caregivers and Elderly Individuals

As a caregiver for someone who is elderly or as an elderly individual, you want to ensure that you are administering proper healthy dental hygiene for the elderly.  In order to maintain your oral health, you want to ensure that you stay up to date with your oral care habits and regularly schedule and keep your dental appointments.  Be sure that you develop a genuine relationship with your dentist in order to have a regular discussion on your oral health and care needs and concerns.  Also, utilize this relationship to openly communicate with your dentist about changes you are experiencing with your oral hygiene.

Recommendations for Elderly Dental Care at Home

Geriatric dentistry includes the usage of different types of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss recommended for the elderly due to their ease of use.  Daily brushing and flossing of natural teeth is a good way to maintain good oral health.

  • Toothbrushes: Electric toothbrushes and other special toothbrushes exist to make dental care easier.  Examine your teeth and gums for bleeding while brushing.  Brush at least twice per day or after every meal.
  • Toothpaste: Use fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth.  This should be done at least twice per day, even after each meal.
  • Dental Floss: Use dental floss at least once daily.  This drastically reduces the risk of gingivitis (gum disease), allowing you to get an up-close view of teeth and gums.  Several floss products are available to assist with geriatric oral care.

Geriatric dentistry is dental care with the elderly in mind.  At Charlotte Dentistry®, we offer services for elderly adults and the entire family.  Be sure to schedule your next dental exam with us.

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