Seniors and Oral Health: What You Need to Know

Seniors and Oral Health: What You Need to Know
Thursday, October 27, 2016

As we age, it's important to be mindful of how to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Continued good oral hygiene habits are crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth. Brushing, flossing, and good nutrition —when combined with regular twice-yearly dental visits — are the keys to the prevention of gum disease. If you are elderly, and it's hard to keep up brushing and flossing like you used to, talk to your dentist about options. An electric toothbrush is sometimes easier to hold and maneuver around the mouth, so feel free to ask us questions at your next visit. 

Another condition that can affect seniors is dry mouth. Unfortunately, the side effect of many medications is dry mouth, and it can be very uncomfortable. It's important to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. In addition, there are products we have at our office called “dry mouth drops” that help moisten your mouth.

Lastly, make sure to regularly check your mouth for any new sores, bumps, or lumps. If you notice something that doesn't go away after a couple of weeks, give us a call to schedule a visit.

Reach out to us at 207-784-2211 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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