Common Dental Health Problems that Senior Citizens May Be Vulnerable To
Many seniors in America are suffering from a variety of health problems, which can sometimes cause their dental health to fall through the cracks. These health problems may also make it difficult for the elderly to care for their own dental health properly.
Dental Health Problems Facing the Elderly
Below are a few of the most common dental health problems facing senior citizens and how these issues can be avoided.
Gum Disease – Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue, which can negatively impact your dental health. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually reach the jawbone, weakening the structures holding the teeth in place and causing tooth loss.
Trouble Eating – Dental problems can cause difficulty eating for many elderly people. This means that they are sacrificing the quality, consistency, and balance of meals to avoid further dental problems.
Dry Mouth – Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications that senior citizens may be taking for physical ailments. To combat dry mouth, we recommend drinking plenty of water, brushing your teeth often, and chewing sugar-free gum.
Dental Cavities – Lastly, dental cavities and tooth decay are often common in the elderly due to the above reasons. In fact, around 90% of senior citizens are suffering from dental cavities or tooth decay. It’s important that everyone visit the dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and an exam.
The best way for people of any age to care for their oral health is by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting their regular dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.
To make an appointment here at Endodontic Specialists, please contact one of our three locations. These locations are in Colorado Springs North, Colorado Springs South, and Pueblo, Colorado.