As we get older, the importance of maintaining – or starting – a healthy dental routine becomes even more important. Unfortunately, our enamel becomes weaker as we age. This leads to cavities, tooth decay, infection, and gum diseases. At Premier Dental Center New Braunfels, we are passionate about caring for teeth of all ages and helping our older patients over 55 pay special attention to their teeth.
Dental Care Tips for Seniors Over 55
Use the Best Tools for Your Needs
Committing to a daily dental routine is essential for a senior over the age of 55. One common ailment of seniors is arthritis. This can make brushing and flossing particularly uncomfortable. Other mobility issues may make dental habits difficult. That is why we recommend investing in an electric toothbrush with soft bristles and a water pick/flosser to help make this daily task a little easier.
Make Sure There’s Fluoride
We were told as children to make sure we used fluoride toothpaste to help protect our teeth from cavities. Well, this advice is still true for seniors over 55. This essential mineral does more than protect against cavities – fluoride helps strengthen your enamel, bolster your gum health, and keep your teeth strong as you age. Ensuring that your toothpaste and mouthwash contain fluoride may just be the difference between a healthy mouth and tooth loss.
Don’t Forget Mouthwash
Early stages of gum disease are not only preventable, but they can be reversible! If you have recently been diagnosed with gum disease, you may still have an opportunity to turn things around – even as a senior over 55. You can help protect yourself by adding mouthwash (specifically one with fluoride) to your daily routine. Antimicrobial ingredients in mouthwash help kill bacteria that cause devastating tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. Even using mouthwash at least once per day can have added benefits.
Water has numerous benefits for our bodies, but one of the best ones is for our mouths! In addition to brushing and flossing, drinking your weight in ounces of water every day can help prevent dry mouth. ‘Dry mouth’ is a side effect of many common medications, and it can have disastrous effects on your teeth and gums. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially after meals, and rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash after you brush your teeth.
Seniors over 55 are at a high risk of developing osteoporosis, a bone-weakening disease that can affect teeth and jawbones. Doctors recommend taking calcium supplements to help prevent bone loss. Add magnesium for the added absorption of this essential nutrient.
Go to the Dentist
One of the most important tips for senior dental health is to go to the dentist! Many people over the age of 55 will need extensive dental treatment, but those who regularly see their dentist will have healthier teeth and gums and need less intervention. In addition, a dentist will perform routine oral cancer screenings to help catch this disease early.
During your dental check-up, the dental hygienist will also take special care to remove the hardened plaque and tartar that may be causing issues.
Dental Health Care for Seniors in New Braunfels
At Premier Dental Center New Braunfels, we provide exceptional dental care for seniors. Whether you need to establish care with an experienced dentist, get a consult for restorative or cosmetic services, or need an emergency visit such as a root canal – we’ve got you covered with a variety of dental services. Schedule an appointment today.