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Dental Mistakes Seniors Make (And How To Avoid Them)

Posted on 3/6/2023 by Robert Leale
Dental Mistakes Seniors Make (And How To Avoid Them)As you age, your dental health changes, and you need to be aware of these changes to maintain good oral hygiene. Unfortunately, seniors are more prone to certain dental mistakes that can lead to serious problems. Below are the dental mistakes seniors make and how to avoid them:

Neglecting Dental Checkups

As you age, it becomes increasingly essential to visit the dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. These appointments help prevent problems such as tooth decay and gum disease and allow your dentist to identify any potential issues early on. The dentist will detect the disease early when treatment is more manageable.

Unable To Brush And Floss Well

The elderly may find it difficult to brush and floss effectively. To avoid this mistake, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and take your time brushing and flossing. You can use a powered toothbrush to make brushing and flossing more effective.

Dry Mouth

Seniors also tend to be more at risk for dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. It may be because many medications commonly used by seniors can cause dry mouth as a side effect. To avoid this, drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum, and use over-the-counter saliva substitutes if necessary.

Lack Of Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. It is essential to use toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride. Also, discuss with your dentist if fluoride treatment will benefit you.

It would be best if you told the dentist to list all the things that have fluoride and the daily amount to consume. Call our office today to ensure you learn more about dental mistakes seniors make and how to avoid them in the future.

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