Get Rid of Oral Health Risks in Seniors Once and For All
You had a happy and healthy smile when you were younger. In fact, you were so proud of your teeth; you did everything you could to keep them in good shape.
But now, with the arrival of your grandchildren, you stopped going to the dental office for those regular cleanings and oral exams. You are over 65 now and are afraid that you might not have enough time to spend with them. You want to spend every second you can squeeze out of life playing with them and imparting your wisdom to them.
Does this sound like you?
You might not be aware of this, but your choices are taking a toll on your oral health and might affect your general health as well.
If you want more time with your loved ones, invest time in taking care of your oral health. If you don’t, research by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research shows that you’re at a risk of battling serious dental conditions, including:
- Dental caries (tooth decay) – about 93% of seniors have had dental caries in their permanent teeth;
- Tooth loss- 27.27% of seniors have no remaining teeth;
- Periodontal disease – 17.20% of seniors have periodontal disease;
- Oral cancer – there has been a 15% increase of oral cancer among seniors from the mid-1970s to the time of the research;
- Facial pain – this is caused by a condition classified as temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, which affects jaw joints, muscles, and supporting tissues. Facial pain is found in 5 to 12% of seniors.
And it keeps getting worse. 23% of seniors haven’t stepped foot in a dental office in the last 5 years. The number of adults ages 65 and over is expected to increase to approximately 98 million; this will form 24% of the US population. If folks in this age bracket avoid visiting their dentist on a regular basis because of one reason or another, these numbers could increase dramatically.
Here’s the situation: Right now, a chunk of seniors have had dental caries, even though it is preventable. Keeping this one oral disease in check could be the cure to all the other oral health risks mentioned above.
Since you should care about your health just as you do about your grandkids and loved ones, we here at Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg invite you to take advantage of our preventive care, so that you can enjoy a lifelong natural smile.
This care is within a reasonable budget. We also have money saving discounts that will save you more money while improving your oral health.
During your visit, the dentist will perform a set of tests and recommendations. You can expect to talk to your dentist about the following:
Suggestions About Diet Changes
If you’re missing some teeth or have dentures, the dentist might suggest that you start eating soft foods and reduce eating foods or drinking beverages with high sugar content. Switching to a healthy lifestyle reduces the chances of developing life threatening chronic diseases in seniors.
Fluoride Treatment Options
Your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of using a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth. Fluoride treatment can lower the chances of tooth decay in seniors who suffer from dry mouth and other age-related oral health problems.
Home Care Instructions
Your dentist will determine a dental home care plan that fits your dental care needs and your lifestyle, as well as give you a special home care kit after each visit. Following this home care plan will help you prevent oral health problems, and keep your mouth healthy.
Prevent all these oral health risks that seniors struggle with by visiting our dental office regularly.
Call us at (540) 371- 9090 or fill out our contact form and we’ll see you at our office soon.