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Oral Care Tips for Seniors

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Happy senior patient looking at himself in a mirror with a pleased dental assistantOral functions typically decline with aging. As you age, you become prone to oral problems like dental decay and gum disease. Embracing proper dental hygiene can limit or prevent these problems. The following are oral care tips for older adults:

Brush and Floss Regularly

Brush your teeth and gums, and scrape your tongue at least twice daily. The ideal time to brush is after meals in the morning and at night before bedtime. Proper brushing can help remove food deposits and prevent plaque buildup. Use a soft rotating toothbrush to protect your sensitive teeth from possible harm. Remember to floss between your teeth at least once daily to remove trapped food particles. If you have dentures or removable prosthetic teeth, clean them with warm water and mild soap to kill bacteria. Thereafter, rinse them with fresh running water.

Use High Fluoride Toothpaste

The American Dental Association recommends that seniors and older adults should use high-fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride protects the tooth surface (enamel) from deterioration. It also fights bacteria and prevents tooth decay and coronal caries.

Keep Your Mouth Moist

A dry mouth increases the risk of oral problems. It can cause mouth sores, cracked lips, and bad breath. Drink plenty of fresh, clean water to keep your mouth moist and stimulate saliva production. In any case, saliva has natural antimicrobial compounds.

Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco Products

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco to maintain a healthy mouth. Most alcoholic drinks are acidic and can erode the tooth surface. Moreover, smoking tobacco and drinking coffee can stain your teeth and cause bad breath. They also increase the likelihood of gum disease and other dental issues.

Limit Your Sugar Intake

Consuming excess sugar and artificial sweeteners encourages bacterial growth in the mouth, leading to cavities and other issues. Avoid or limit your sugar intake to prevent tooth decay.

Schedule Regular Dental Visits

You can maintain good oral health by scheduling regular dental visits as soon as you notice changes in your mouth. Call or visit us today for a thorough dental checkup.
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