Dental Care Important For Seniors

Some people seem to think that once they get past a certain age they no longer need to visit the dentist. Not true, seniors need to visit the dentist regularly. In fact, good oral health is more important as we get older! Here are a few of the common oral health problems that our senior patients need to be aware of:Poor oral health habits are linked to an increased risk of dementia but Rothfus Family Dental can help you keep your smile healthy.

  • Dry mouth occurs when saliva flow is reduced. Certain medicines and medical conditions can affect saliva flow. This condition may also occur due to radiation treatments to the head and neck.
  • Reduced sense of taste may be caused by aging. Other culprits can be medications and even wearing dentures.
  • Gum disease may be more common in older patients, especially those with diabetes or anemia. Poor fitting bridges and dentures can play a role as does limited mobility due to arthritis which makes it hard to brush and floss.
  • Tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw. Tooth loss is usually caused by gum disease and when teeth are missing from the jaw, the bone begins to shrink. This causes changes in facial appearance and that “shrunken” look.
  • Denture-induced stomatitis is caused by poor fitting dentures, bad dental hygiene or the fungus Candida albicans. This is an inflammation of the tissue under the denture.

Aging doesn’t mean that you will have poor dental health. Good home care throughout the years, including brushing and flossing can help. Regular dental visits can help protect you against gum disease and tooth decay.

Please schedule your appointment with Rothfus Family Dental today at 541-858-7994.