Seniors - Dental Facts

Today, seniors can expect to keep most if not all their own teeth. This makes it especially important to maintain regular oral hygiene habits and visits to a dental professional. As one ages, you can expect to make a few small changes in the way you clean your teeth and mouth.

Do I need to care for my dentures (or false teeth) ?

Yes, you should treat your false teeth in the same manner that you care for your natural teeth. They should be cleaned each night and put in water. If there are any changes in the way your dentures fit your mouth you should see a dental professional.

Do I need to worry about getting cavities ?

Yes, if you have one or more of your natural teeth, then you still have a chance to develop a cavity. Seniors are more likely to have cavities develop around the root of the tooth. It is important to maintain a regular schedule of daily brushing and flossing throughout your lifetime.

What if it's too difficult to brush ?

If it becomes difficult to hold a toothbrush or to floss talk to your dental professional about finding an alternative that will work for you. There are modifications that can be done to make brushing easier for you.

Why is my mouth dry a lot of the time ?

Dry mouth or xerostomia occurs when the glands that produce saliva stop working due to disease, medications or due to cancer treatment. This lower level of saliva or lack there of can increase the potential of developing cavities because your saliva is a natural cleanser in your mouth and helps to wash away bacteria from your teeth.