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Senior Dental Care | Tips For Good Oral Health

By September 19, 2018 No Comments
As we age, our teeth need a better maintenance.

Senior dental care is essential as oral health can have a huge impact on our overall health and vice versa. There are common risks which indicate that seniors need a more thorough mouth hygiene. These are:

Receding Gums
When we reach our senior years, our gums start to recede making the roots of our teeth exposed. This can be made worse by forceful brushing. Due to this, we become sensitive to cold and hot food and beverages. Moreover, exposed roots can be at risk for bigger problems such as tooth decay on the base of tooth.

Dry Mouth
Most older adults have dry mouth issues due to medications and poor water intake. This too, can sometimes lead to other dental issues.

Teeth Discoloration
As time passed by, our teeth get stained because of several food and drink. This could look unpleasant and may start tooth decay if not treated.

Senior Dental Care Tips Senior Dental Care - Harmony Guest Home

Here are simple ways that can let you flash bright smiles even as you age.

Brush
It is recommended to use soft bristle brush and a fluoride toothpaste – replacing it every three to four months. Also remember to rinse it well, store it upright and allow it to air dry – to keep bacteria from growing. Moreover, it is ideal to brush after every meal.

Floss
This should be done once a day and can be replaced by a flossing pick or dental tape.

Choice of Food
It is recommended that we avoid food and drinks that contain a lot of sugar and eat foods high in calcium to strengthen the teeth.

Denture Care
Make sure to clean the dentures while keeping your mouth clean as well. Thorough cleaning should be done once a day and report any discomfort to your dentist.

Dental Cleaning and Checkup
Take time to visit your dentist for checkup and cleaning every six months.

Overall good senior hygiene…

At Harmony Guest Home, we pay attention not only to senior dental care but to the overall health of our residents. We are a residential care community for seniors in Hillsboro that has been caring for Oregonians since 1993. Come and visit our facility to get to know more about our services and staff. You can also talk to us through 503-648-3413 and info@harmonyguesthome.com.

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