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How to Restore Oral Health for Older Adults

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Close-up of healthy teeth and gums at Brea Implant & Cosmetic DentistryThe teeth and gums experience changes as one gets old. For instance, the enamel may become thin, which exposes the dentine. This makes the teeth appear yellow and prone to cavities. It also increases the chances of infections, which can lead to tooth loss. Luckily, good oral hygiene and regular dental care can help to prevent these complications. Read on and learn more about how to restore oral health for seniors:

Consider Fluoride Treatments

Calcium and phosphorus are essential minerals that make up the tooth. Besides strengthening the tooth enamel, they prevent tooth decay and cavities. Unfortunately, the minerals are likely to get lost as one gets old. In most cases, demineralization occurs due to consuming sugary and acidic foods.

When minerals are lost, the enamel becomes weak and can wear away. The good thing is that lifestyle changes can help to replenish these minerals. For instance, you can consider fluoride toothpaste or in-office treatments to remineralize your senior's teeth.

Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth contribute to various oral issues. First, gaps between the teeth create spaces that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush. This makes the mouth prone to plaque buildup and gum disease. Second, missing teeth can cause teeth shifting, which can affect the bite.

How about the functionality of the teeth? If the senior has a missing tooth, eating and speaking may be challenging. For this reason, it is vital to replace the missing teeth. Whether you choose dentures, dental implants, or dental bridges to fill in the gaps, be sure to take good care of your senior's oral health to prevent issues.

Treat Mouth Dryness in Seniors

Age comes with many health conditions, which means multiple medications. Some medications associated with old age increase the risk of a dry mouth. Insufficient saliva is more than just uncomfortable as it can irritate the gum tissues, produce bad breath, and cause swallowing difficulties.

The good news is that simple practices such as drinking enough water can moisten a dry mouth. In addition, chewing sugarless gums and candies can help to treat a dry mouth. Contact us today and talk to one of our dentists about oral care needs for your seniors.


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