Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

Staying Healthy as a Senior - 6 Tips You Should Know

January 25, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Beth Bowen
Oral Health as a Senior | Fayetteville Arkansas

We value all of our patients and tailor our preventive dentistry recommendations in our Fayetteville, AR dental office to support your needs as they change throughout your lifetime. Seniors are our valued patients who are often overlooked as patients who require a little additional TLC to maintain their oral health.

Here are some tips and ways that we keep our cherished seniors healthy and smiling.

The Oral-Systemic Connection

As we age, we become more susceptible to common medical problems – arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Did you know your oral health can impact the health of your body? Recent research shows that periodontal disease contributes to everything from Alzheimer’s disease to erectile dysfunction.

Don’t let bleeding sensitive gums slow you down.

#1 Brush and Floss Teeth Regularly

It can be easy to skip brushing and flossing at any age, but tartar collects more rapidly after the age of 40. Brush twice (or more) per day to keep plaque from collecting. Once it hardens into tartar, a professional dental cleaning will remove it.

#2 Try an Electric Toothbrush

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, painful joints make it difficult to use a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can reduce the amount of work that painful hands must do to clean your teeth.

#3 Be Gentle – Harder Is Not Better

Pressing too hard causes gum recession and may cause damage to delicate gum tissue. Let the bristles do the work.

#4 Clean Dentures and Partials Regularly

Partials and dentures can collect tartar and bacteria just like teeth. Denture solutions or plain white vinegar will dissolve these deposits, making it possible for you to remove them. We can also clean them at your regular dental appointment.

#5 Don’t Skip Your Dental Exam and Cleaning

Especially if you have dentures, you might think your dental exam is not needed. As we age, bone levels can decrease, and an exam can alert Dr. Kifer to a problem. We also use this opportunity to check dentures and partials for abrasions and cracks, which can collect bacteria and cause gum disease or bad breath.

#6 Stay Hydrated

Grab one of those fancy water bottles that the kids carry around today and sip water throughout the day. Dry mouth, caused by many medications, can lead to periodontal disease and an increased risk of dental decay.

For senior preventive dentistry customized just for you, contact our Fayetteville, AR dental office to schedule an exam.

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