IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL HYGIENE FOR SENIORS

Posted by McKenna Burr on Feb 6, 2015

In Healthy Living, Main

IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL HYGIENE FOR SENIORS

 

5 Things Your Teeth Are Saying About Your Health

Taking care of your teeth is very important, especially when you are a senior. It is important to take care of your teeth because if you have healthy teeth then at times it shows you have a healthy body also.

1.) Inflamed, bleeding gums

If you have diabetes and suffer from inflamed or bleeding gums, then you should start taking better care of your teeth. Those who do not properly take care of their diabetes are twice as likely to get gum diseases. People with diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infections and less resistant to the germs that infect the gums. It is also more difficult for people with diabetes to heal after an oral surgery or other dental procedures. Research has shown that if you take care of your mouth that it will allow you to avoid gum disease which will then help with your blood sugar levels.

2.) Disintegrating Teeth

With age, your teeth have experienced a lot of damage throughout the years. If your teeth are cracking or crumbling, then you could have GERD. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease which means acid comes up the esophagus and the acid breaks down layers of the teeth. That makes the teeth weak and causes them to crack or crumble.

3.) Persistent Mouth Sores

We all have bitten the side of our cheek and gotten a sore there, but usually those go away. If you are experiencing these mouth sores and they are consistently occurring, then you should go and visit your dentist. When you are getting an evaluation, there is a chance that you could have oral cancer which would need to be treated. Make regular self-exams of your mouth so you can catch this early if you can.

4.) Receding gum line and loose teeth

Your dentist may be the first health care professional to detect signs of osteoporosis, not your regular physician. If you have receding gums and are losing your teeth, then you want to visit your dentist. Osteoporosis—a disease that most commonly affects women over the age of 50 and is characterized by the gradual thinning of bone density. Usually the disease is hard to find so your dentist can look for change in your bones and try to catch it early to prevent it.

5.) Plaque and gum inflammation

The same plaque that can be found on your teeth is the same plaque that builds up other places of the body to cause stroke or heart attack. Research shows that inflammation of gum tissues is a major contributing factor in developing heart disease.

The mouth can offer so many clues of what is really going on in your body. If you frequently visit your dentist then you may be able to catch some of these diseases early. Continue to take care of your oral hygiene and become a frequent visitor at your dentist. If you are not able to physically go and see your dentist then there are other options in place. Bel Aire Senior Living works close with Time to Smile Mobile Dental where they come to our facility to meet with residents. They can help make sure that these diseases are prevented and that your oral hygiene is in good condition. You can get more information at Time to Smile Mobile Dental.

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