Seniors and Oral Health

Like a good wine, life gets better with age. But you still need to floss.

Advances in dental care and education over the years has meant that seniors are increasingly able to retain their natural teeth. That also means maintaining your daily oral care habits and watching out for any health changes that your dentist should know about.

Keep Up The Good Work

Reaching your golden years doesn’t mean you can stop worrying about tooth decay. In fact, cavities can often be more prevalent in older adults. Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, floss every day, and continue to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning.

Changes to Watch Out For

Let your dentist know if you develop any loose or sensitive teeth, or if you have any type of oral pain or discomfort. Your dentist should also know what medications you are taking, as many medications can increase the risk of cavities. Also discuss with your dentist any difficulty in chewing, tasting or swallowing food, or if you notice any lumps, bumps, bleeding, or swelling in your gums.

Replacement Options

If you do lose any teeth as you get older, Willamette Dental Group has specialists on our team to help with replacement. Read more about implants and dentures here.