Dr. Hanan A. Elsaie DDS,
one of America’s Top Dentists, Consumers’ Research Council of America, Guide to America’s Top Dentists

Dominion 1 Dental - Arlington, TX. Tel: (817) 784-7888

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Seniors Dental Care

Oral Care For Older Adults

 Observing proper oral care can ensure that you’ll keep your smile even in your prime years. Properly brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste using a soft-bristled brush, flossing, and regular dental check up are your weapons against teeth loss.

The main culprit for tooth loss in adults over the age of 35 that you should watch out for is gingivitis. Gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums around the teeth, is caused by the bacteria that are hosted by plaque. Some of its symptoms are red, swollen gums and bleeding while brushing your teeth. Leaving gingivitis untreated can lead to more serious problems like periodontitis, especially in cases with osteoporosis.

Elderly people might find it difficult to practice proper oral care due to pain caused by arthritis. If you are one of these people, it would be best to consult with your dentist to formulate ways to overcome this condition.

Another oral condition that you should look out for is oral cancer. The condition often occurs in people over the age of 40 years. Oral cancer is very difficult to detect and is painless in its early stages. This is the reason why it is important to have regular dental check up. Dentists can perform head and neck exams to detect or rule out oral cancer. If you observe any white or red patches on your gums or tongue, or sores that do not heal within two weeks; be sure to consult with your dentist immediately.

Xerostomia or dry mouth is yet another oral condition that pesters those in the retiring age. It may be caused by disease, certain medications or cancer treatment. Xerostomia makes it hard to eat, swallow, taste, and speak. Radiation therapy can sometimes lead to severe xerostomia that’s why it’s important to consult with your dentist before undergoing this procedure. Xerostomia can be fought by the following steps:

- Drinking lots of water

- avoiding sweets, tobacco, alcohol and caffeine

- some medications can be prescribed to fight against xerostomia

Researches have shown that maintaining a healthy mouth may keep your body in proper working order and helps avoid diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The best way to maintain excellent oral health is to visit your dentist for cleaning at least twice a year.