Becoming a senior citizen should be met with pride and confidence, as a lot of years will have gone into arriving at such a point in your life.
Whether this marks the end of a career era, or sees you having raised a family and proudly arriving into “grandparent-hood”, seniors are worthy of respect for all the due process and achievements they have made.
That being said – as we age, so too do our bodies, but aging gracefully is more achievable now than any time in recorded history, and the health of your teeth can and will effect how you look and your overall health as an individual.
So the question remains – Should Seniors Alter Their Oral Care Routine?
Where once senior’hood was usually met with a set of dentures, now keeping all your natural teeth is more doable than ever, and with proper oral care practices – your teeth will remain with you for your entire lifetime.
Regular dental checkups will help you keep your oral and physical care in check, and usually just doing the basics can maintain the healthy structure of your teeth.
Basic Oral Care Includes…
– Brushing twice a day in order to remove plaque that can cause cavities.
– Flossing once a day to also remove the plaque between your teeth and around the gum line.
Common Senior Oral Care Concerns
Tooth Sensitivity is one thing senior patients often have concerns with, and this is something that can increase with age.
However, simply brushing with toothpaste intended for sensitive teeth can help to alleviate and even rid you of this concern, along with certain mouthwashes or rinses your DentistsRUs dental professional can recommend to you.
Receding Gums is also a natural occurrence and increases often around age 40. Regular dental visits can help detect this, and solutions can be discussed with your dentist.
Dry Mouth can also happen as you head into your senior years due to medications or menopause, and there are mouth rinses that can help combat this.
Aging is a beautiful thing, and you can help maintain the health and beauty of your smile at one of our many dental professionals listed below. We look forward to helping our seniors smile for years to come!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC
Coquitlam Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC
Port Coquitlam Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster, BC