Importance of Dental Hygiene

Everyone knows that the dentists chair is not always a fun place to be, whether you are getting a cavity filled or a tooth pulled. However, there is a way to make sure your dentist visits go a little smoother. It all starts with a proper oral routine, brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouth wash can save you some serious discomfort. It is common to believe that brushing once a day is sufficient enough or that brushing after ever meal will prevent oral disease, however these beliefs are false.
It is recommended by that you brush twice daily, once in the morning and once before bed at night with fluoride toothpaste. Recent studies have shown that brushing after every meal may erode enamel and cause teeth to be more susceptible to disease.
As we age we have increased medical concerns and one that may be overlooked is the integrity of the mouth. Existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, can affect your oral health and it is important to let your dental hygienist know so he may treat you accordingly.

Sensitive teeth are a major complaint amongst the elderly because as we age our gums recede. Receding gums expose certain parts of the tooth that are not protected by enamel and cause pain when foods are hot, cold or when air blows on the exposed tooth.
Dry mouth is the second most common problem experienced in seniors. The cause of dry mouth may vary from medications to other health issues to no explainable cause. Dry mouth is a leading cause of tooth decay so it is important to find ways to keep a moist mouth. To prevent dry mouth try things like sipping water, eating mints or candy, or there is a mouth wash that may be recommended by a doctor or found over the counter at drug stores such as Biotene dry mouth rinse.

Gum disease is most common above the age for forty. Potential risk factors are:
• Bad diet
• Poor oral hygiene
• Systemic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
• Environmental factors such as: stress and smoking
• Certain medications that can influence gum condition
Gum disease is preventable and can be reversed if it is caught early enough, that is why it is important to visit the dentist regularly.

Many seniors have dentures; here are some basic tips to denture care:
• Remove and rinse dentures after eating. …
• Handle your dentures carefully. …
• Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. …
• Brush your dentures at least daily. …
• Soak dentures overnight. …
• Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution.
It is important to fallow these few tips to maintain your optimal level of oral health.

June 26, 2015 in Senior Care

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