GERIATRIC ORAL HEALTH:

GERIATRIC ORAL HEALTH:

No matter what age, prevention is the key to maintaining good oral health. Knowing what particular dental problems you are at risk for developing and how you can reduce those risks will help you decide the most appropriate means to prevent dental problems.

Susceptibility to various dental problems changes as people age. Each person’s risk factors are unique. A thorough understanding of what they are is necessary to adequately reduce those risks. A common problem during this age:

  • DECAY
  • GUM DISEASES
  • DENTURES/ PROSTHESIS- REMOVABLE, FIXED AND IMPLANTS
  • DRY MOUTH

The WDA recommends those affected by dry mouth take the following precautions to keep the mouth wet and reduce the likelihood of cavities or periodontal disease:

  • Brush and floss teeth at least four times per day (after each meal and before bedtime)
  • Brush and rinse dentures after each meal
  • Keep water handy to wet the mouth at all times
  • Chew sugarless gum
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, sodas, and foods high in sugar content

Use a moisturizer on the lips to alleviate discomfort