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How Important is Dental Care for Older People?

When people reach their older years they often neglect their dental health which can have an adverse affect on them. Oral health is just as important as general health, however, oral health becomes more affected with age. We are all provided with only one set of permanent teeth and hence it becomes vital to maintain them throughout our lives. Unfortunately, due to negligence and unhealthy lifestyle habits, a substantial percentage of us fail to maintain oral hygiene and thereby loose our natural teeth. Loss of teeth in old age can affect the chewing and cause digestive problems leading to general health problems. Moreover, it should be borne in mind that poor oral hygiene can pave way for heart problems, diabetes and other life threatening illnesses.

Some of the common oral problems, their treatment methodologies and preventive techniques to ensure good dental care for older people are listed below:

Good oral habits

The first step towards keeping gums and teeth healthy is by brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once in a day. Remember, fluorides are a good choice for fighting against cavities and contribute in maintaining good oral hygiene.

Regular dental check-ups

It's vital for every older person to visit a dentist for a routine check-up and professional cleaning as additional dental issues emerge in senior years. It is well known that general health conditions and medications take their toll on oral health and the only possible way to address these issues is through regular visits to a dentist.


Sensitivity is another crucial issue that affects us as we get older. As the gum line recedes, teeth that are not protected by the enamel surface become prone to sensitivity to both hot or cold food and beverages. Although it is quite possible to address this complication through anti- sensitive toothpaste, it is advised to visit a dentist as sensitivity may be a symptom of a complicated problem such as a cavity or other defects in the tooth.

Dry mouth

The probability of dry mouth condition is much higher for older people, the reason being the side effect of medications. It is important, there is the correct amount of pH controlled saliva, as this is essential to inhibit the growth of bacteria in mouth. Dry mouth is the end result of the absence or limited production of saliva and it requires immediate attention.

Gum disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease is one of the major oral complications faced by people as they get older. Fortunately, the onset of gum diseases can be avoided through good oral hygiene. There are numerous factors that contribute towards the occurrence of periodontal complications:

  • Poor diet habits
  • Bad oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Side effects of medications
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes and heart problems
If proper treatment is availed in the initial stages of the gum diseases, the chances of reversing the effects are quite high.

Clean dentures

Many older people wear full or partial dentures for functional requirement. However, problems arise when these dentures are not cleaned properly. It is essential to follow these practices to achieve good oral care for people with dentures:

  • Dentures should be cleaned properly, using only the prescribed cleaners and never wash with ordinary tooth paste or any other household cleaners.
  • To maintain the health of the dental lining, it is advised to remove dentures for at least four hours a day or as prescribed by your dentist.

Good food habits

Good diet plays a huge role in maintaining a flawless dental care. Fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains and low fat dairy products are good choices to maintain good oral care. In general, it is better to avoid processed foods that are full of sugar as it can contribute towards cavity formation.

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