04 Oct Dental Care Tips for Older Adults
It is often said that your dental health is a reflection of your overall wellbeing. As we age, so does our teeth, it, therefore, becomes even more important to maintain them.
In this article, we’ll be sharing our tips to maintain better overall dental health. These apply to people of all ages but are more important for older adults.
Maintain Brushing and Flossing
As obvious as this sounds, brushing and flossing remains important in your older years. In fact, plaque becomes more difficult to remove and builds up quicker after the age of 50. You also need to remember that as we age, our teeth age with us. Therefore, you need to be more considerate when brushing them. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush only, and, when possible, use an electric toothbrush as it can reach places normal brushes can’t. For those who have arthritis, it’s also easier to hold and use.
Consider the use of Mouthwash
For those who have a habit of rinsing with mouthwash, this is something that needs to be adjusted as you age. Using mouthwash is an excellent way to maintain dental hygiene, but it can be detrimental to the pH balance in your mouth; it can even contribute to dry mouth if used too frequently. If possible, minimize mouthwash use to once a day, and use alcohol-free mouthwash whenever possible.
Keep an eye for dental side effects from your medications
Everyone’s medication will vary, and they’re just as important as your dental health. However, you also need to keep a note of any side effects they may have on your dental health. Some prescriptions will have an impact on your general dental health. Always consult with your dental professional to see if your prescriptions will create an issue for your dental hygiene.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated becomes even more important as you age. Drinking water helps your body as well as maintaining your dental health. Avoid sugary, carbonated drinks like soda or citrus fruit juices as these can increase the acidity in your mouth, corrode your tooth enamel and lead to other dental problems in later ages.
We hope this article has given you insight on how to properly care for your teeth in the later stages of life. If you have any further questions regarding dental health in your later years, consult with our professionals at Rejuvie Dental Clinic.