A Quick Guide to the Changing Dental Needs of Senior Adults

Change is always difficult, regardless of age. This is especially true when age is the cause of said change. While age may not be the sole factor of a change in dental needs, it is pretty high on the list. Getting regular preventative dental care can help delay some of these changes, but it’s important to understand change is inevitable. Here are some of the changes seniors could experience and what they can do to adapt.

Changes in Dental Health for Seniors

Some of the changes in dental health are easily detectable without the aid of dental preventative care. These include teeth darkening, a dry mouth and a reduced sense of taste. Changes you may not be able to observe on your own include gum disease, root decay and more.

Dental Hygiene Tips

The same general tips for maintaining dental health apply to seniors as well. However, you need to pay more attention to what is going on in your mouth and let your dentist know when you go in for your preventative dentistry appointment. If something is hurting or doesn’t feel normal, your dentist needs to know about it. Even if it’s not a painful feeling, it could be a smaller symptom of a larger issue.

You will also have to pay attention to how dentures fit and how often you care for them. As you age and your dental needs change, you may need to visit your dentist more regularly to ensure no significant changes occur that could negatively impact your health.

Many illnesses and diseases start orally. With the proper preventative dental care, you can reduce or stave off some of the changing dental needs many seniors experience. For more information, reach out to us at any time and we would be glad to assist you.