What Challenges Do Seniors Face With Oral Health?

engelberg senior healthWhether you’re 18 or 80, you need to take steps to maintain good oral health. Otherwise, seemingly minor oral health problems can develop and eventually lead to serious complications, including tooth loss. Seniors, due to factors such as limited mobility and chronic health issues, often have a higher risk of developing oral health problems. What challenges do seniors face and what can be done to protect their smiles?

Dry Mouth

A variety of factors can lead to the onset of dry mouth, including certain illnesses or medications. Without saliva, our body can’t remove food particles from the mouth, allowing bacteria to break down the particles and flourish. Soon, the teeth have a greater risk of tooth decay and poor gum health. We can help pinpoint the cause of your dry mouth and recommend solutions.

Difficulty Brushing and Flossing

Often, difficulty with mobility can make proper brushing and flossing difficult. Even as seniors, brushing and loss your teeth is essential for safeguarding your smile against tooth decay, infection, and even gum disease. We may suggest using an electronic toothbrush or water flosser to compensate for limited mobility.

Tooth Loss

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, by age 74 26% of adults have lost all of their teeth. Tooth loss can lead to an aged appearance, problems communicating clearly, and deny our body essential nutrients as we must depend on primarily soft foods. If you lose a tooth, we can discuss dental implants, dentures, and other prosthetics to restore your smile to full function and health. If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your smiles as a senior, then please contact our office today. Request a visit online today.