For many of us, the thought of brushing our teeth is more of an annoyance than the right thing to do. We are taught from a very early age that our teeth must be properly taken care of and that care should continue through to our golden years. As we get a little older, some of the issues that present themselves may differ.
Paying attention to the signs
One of the issues to keep an eye on is going to be Gingivitis, a problem that has been known to plague many adults. Ignoring the symptoms of bleeding, swollen and red gums can cause the patient to end up with periodontal disease, which can become much more severe as we get older.
Simplifying the process
One of the problems we experience as we get older is difficulty moving around, sometimes that difficulty comes with pain like arthritis. These issues can wreak havoc on our ability to brush our teeth, a problem that can be solved, or at least made a little easier through a few adaptations that your dentist may be able to provide you with.
Knowing what to look for
As if the inconvenience of arthritis was not bad enough, seniors are also more likely to develop cancer of the mouth and in many cases they may not know what to look for. Regular visits to your dentist, especially when you see anything that resembles patches in your mouth (whether red or white) will address those issues.
Staying ahead of the game
Proper eating habits, and lots of water can reduce the risk of many health issues in the mouth, unfortunately, some of the medications we are prescribed can have side effects that include reduced saliva and a dry mouth. Check with your dentist for further instructions and a carefully laid out plan to avoid other possible issues.