Many seniors today are in denial that they need to change their dental preventative care routines as they get older. It’s not to say their dental health will completely deteriorate just because of their age, but it could gradually get worse if some changes aren’t made. If you or a loved one is getting close to senior citizen age, take our advice for these few oral health changes to make.
Use Softer Toothbrush Bristles
Toothbrushes with soft bristles are easier on your teeth and gums and will prevent you from brushing too hard. Also, since the bristles will be more comfortable, you’ll be more likely to brush after every meal due to the minimum discomfort this type of toothbrush provides. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush could lead to receding gums, which is the root of the possible discomfort.
Take Care of Implants or Dentures
Dental implants are great for replacing missing teeth, but they require just as much preventative dental care as natural teeth. Brushing and flossing have to be done just as frequently, but with a little extra care. Implants aren’t quite as strong as natural teeth, so you don’t want to damage them by brushing or flossing too intensely.
You may reach a point where you need to get either full or partial dentures. Your dentures need to be taken care of as good as or better than your natural teeth. Your preventative dentistry office can give you plenty of tips on how to take care of your dentures to prevent damage to them or your mouth.
Changes to your oral care routine are never fun, but they are inevitable as you get older. For more tips and information on what changes to expect regarding your preventative dental care as a senior, feel free to contact us at any time.