Why is Dental Care Important in Old Age?

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We all know that as we get older, our bodies go through a lot of changes—and our teeth and gums are no exception! While dental care is a lifelong responsibility, it can be even more imperative to take care of your oral health when you enter your golden years. Here are a few reasons why dental care is especially important in old age.

Dry Mouth

One common condition in older patients is persistent dry mouth, which is a side effect of many medications. When the mouth is unable to produce a healthy amount of saliva, the likelihood of issues like tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease increases. If you’ve noticed that your mouth is drier than usual, your dentist can recommend techniques and treatments to stimulate saliva production and keep a careful eye on your oral health.

Gum Disease

As people age, they become more susceptible to gum disease, also called periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. On top of that, studies have connected gum disease to other serious conditions including heart disease, respiratory infections, and diabetes, which can have severe consequences for older patients. Routine dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene can prevent and manage periodontal disease, reducing the likelihood of developing related health complications.

Tooth Loss

Did you know that about one-third of Americans over 65 years old wear dentures? While advancements in technology have made it possible to design custom dentures that look extremely natural, the goal should be to maintain one’s original teeth for a lifetime. That’s why it’s so crucial for older patients to practice healthy habits like brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning.

Comprehensive Dental Care for Patients of All Ages

At Hillstream Dental, we welcome the opportunity to provide care for patients of all ages. With all of the complications that aging can bring, leave your oral health in our capable hands. If it’s been more than six months since your last visit, call today to schedule an appointment with our team and keep your smile strong and healthy!

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