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As we age many aspects of our body change. Some we can control, or slow down, but others we cannot. Good health is the key to staying young and fit. Oral health is directly linked to your overall health. There are scientific studies which link systemic disease to oral health.  So, the first step towards a healthy, youthful, body is a healthy smile.

Dental Health Tips

-Regular Visits To The Dentist. Routine visits are important not only for the health of your teeth but they are also an opportunity to check for signs of other diseases such as oral cancer. Changes can be monitored and treated quickly when regularly scheduled visits are maintained.

-Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home. A daily routine should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing or waterpicking. Brushing should be done a minimum of 2 times per day for at least 2 minutes each time. Flossing should be done at least once per day. Rinsing with an antibacterial rinse, or irrigating the oral tissues and periodontal pockets with a waterpick, will complete the regimen.

-Cosmetic Dentistry.  As we age, our teeth change from wear and tear. They may become darker over time, may be worn down or cracked in different areas, and may even shift. Grinding, bad habits like smoking, aggressive brushing, clenching, etc. cause the teeth to become stained, and worn. Cosmetic dentistry can help give you back a more youthful, healthy appearance. Procedures may include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and teeth whitening. A whiter brighter smile is within reach.

-Dry mouth. As we age, oral dryness(xerostomia) becomes more frequent.  Dry mouth can cause bad breath, cavities, increase gum disease, and may also be a symptom of  systemic disease or medication use. You may want to try to drink more water, or perhaps oil pulling. The water or oil will act as a saliva replacement keeping tissues and teeth moist. Another good tip is to chew xylitol gum. Xylitol has been shown to not only stimulate salivary flow but also protect our teeth against tooth decay.

-Medications. Many medications have side effects. Some can make your gums overgrow, cause dry mouth, unstable bone, tooth staining, cavities, or “fake toothaches”. Be sure to know what oral side effects your medications may cause. Always let your dentist know about all of your medications.

-Well Balanced Diet. Nutrition is important for our body as well as our mouths. Vitamin C, Phosphorous, and Calcium are important building blocks for healthy teeth and gums. Most healthy foods are crunchy and need to be chewed properly for proper breakdown and digestion. Healthy teeth will allow you to have the ability to chew the raw fruits , nuts and veggies you need in a healthy diet.

-Orthodontics.  As we age, our teeth can shift causing crowding or spacing in different areas of the mouth. Orthodontics can give you back that youthful smile or give you the  smile you’ve always wanted. Adult orthodontics are very successful when done in conjunction with monitoring by a periodontist, and more frequent cleanings at the dentist office.

-Dental Implants. Missing teeth can make you feel uncomfortable with smiling, socially awkward, or may make you look older than you are. Replacing lost teeth can be done with very natural results. Implants are a great way to achieve cosmetics, strength, and durability.  Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The best part is, once restored, the dental implants should last a lifetime.

Dental Health Conclusion

A healthy smile needs constant care but the results are well worth it. A healthy, bright smile will portray youth, confidence, and vitality. It will also help us to keep as healthy as possible. The best way to start down the right path is to visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings.

As we get go down the inevitable path of aging, health problems arise that we never expected. This includes oral health changes that can be kept at bay with proper care. Below you will find a list of some of the common dental health issues seniors face.

Common Dental Health Issues For Seniors

-Xerostomia (Dry Mouth). This occurs when salivary flow is reduced. This can occur from many factors such as medications, Sjogren’s syndrome, or even from radiation therapy to the head and neck area. Saliva is the body’s natural defense against the bacteria and food debris that can build up in our mouths. Without proper flow, tooth decay and periodontal disease has an increased chance of developing creating problems for your oral health.

-Darker Smile. This is a  cumulative effect of thinning enamel (exposing more of the underneath layer, the dentin) and a lifetime of eating and drinking stain causing food and drink. For many a simple teeth whitening can bring back the bright, white shine for others it may require more extensive cosmetic dentistry.

-Decay Along The Roots Of Teeth. As we age and are not as diligent over time with our dental hygiene, the gum tissue surrounding our teeth can recede as we lose bone. This recession will expose portions of the tooth known as the root. These areas are much less protected and more vulnerable to developing tooth decay. Simce this area is thinner, this tooth decay can progress rapidly leading to tooth sensitivity and possibly the need for root canal therapy.

-Changes In Taste. We have all heard the sayings how our tastes change as we get older. We make different choices in our nutrition as we get older. Other items that can contribute changes to our taste sensation include disease, medications, and even dentures.

-Periodontal Disease. This is not just a disease for young or old. It affects both equally but tends to rear itself more in the older population. This is due to usually slow progression of the disease. It is important to note keeping periodontal disease at bay will stave off tooth loss as we age. A full smile is a youthful looking one.

-Tooth Loss. This can occur for many reasons including periodontal disease, trauma, or untreated tooth decay. It is important to replace lost teeth whenever possible as it prevents your bite from shifting creating issues with your Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ).

-Temperomandibular Joint Disorder. This is generally a slow developing disorder. Hence, it seems to be more likely in an older person than a younger one. The bones and the disc in this joint will break down over time from bad habits like teeth grinding or even chewing hard candy over a long period of time.

-Denture Induced Stomatitis. This is simply an inflammation of the tissues beneath a denture. This is caused by dentures that do not fit properly, poor oral hygiene, or can even be caused by a fungus (Candida Albicans, also known as thrush).

What Can Be Done To Combat These Issues For Seniors?

The main thing is to maintain dental hygiene throughout life. This includes brushing at least 2x per day, flossing at least 1x per day, and using an antibacterial rinse. Dental hygiene tends to become more difficult for many as they age due to arthritis. This makes hands dexterity and strength an issue. Luckily, there are many wonderful products on the market to help with these situations. And it is also important to keep up with your scheduled dental visits for examinations (including oral cancer screenings) and professional cleanings. Doing the right things can be hard sometimes but doing them will pay off over the long run leading to a happy, healthy more youthful looking smile as we age.