Poor oral health can contribute to the decline in the mental and physical health of older Americans. So even if you consider yourself a faithful brusher and flosser, there are some oral health issues to be on the lookout for as you get older.
Did you know, older Americans continue to experience tooth decay in the crowns and roots of teeth—at higher rates than even children? Or that about 23 percent of people from 65 to 74 years of age have severe periodontal (gum) disease?
Here are more things you should know:
Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, may make it harder for you to brush and floss properly
Untreated tooth decay and gum disease can lead to poor eating habits, malnutrition and a reduction in overall health
Some 400 different commonly prescribed drugs can cause dry mouth, a leading cause of tooth decay
Our sense of taste can diminish as we age and also as a result of medication use, disease and wearing dentures
Remember to keep Dr. Feucht and our hygienists updated on your medications and any medical issues you are experiencing. Be sure to report any changes in your mouth; loose or sensitive teeth; difficulty chewing, tasting or swallowing; pain, discomfort, sores or bleeding in your mouth; and any lumps, bumps or swelling in the mouth.
We want all of our senior citizen patients to know that Plymouth Dentistry is here to help you keep your mouth healthy as you experience your “golden years.”