Over the past two weeks, we have been discussing the various facets of senior citizen dental health. If you have not yet read Part 1 and Part 2, we recommend you do so before continuing. In this edition of the blog, we present the conclusion of this series. Part three of senior citizen dental health is about establishing a regular routine.
Establish a Regular Routine for Senior Citizen Dental Health!
Step One: Daily Cleaning – Continue your habits of brushing and flossing every day. If you haven’t been keeping up with these habits, now is as a good a time as any to get started. Bacteria accumulation, gum disease, and tooth decay can all be held at bay by these basic measures. Make these the cornerstone of your regular routine.
Step Two: Denture Cleaning – Like your own natural teeth, take care of your dentures. Clean them every day. Toothpaste is not ideal for cleaning your dentures, however. Take off your dentures when you go to sleep at night. Not only does it give your mouth a rest from them, but this is a prime chance to clean them in some sort of cleaning solution as well.
Step Three: Dentist Visits – Visit your dentist as often as you can. Getting regular check-ups on your progress can encourage and motivate you to keep the routine going. Any possible signs of tooth decay and gum disease can be identified and treated before they can cause even more lasting harm. Be sure to discuss with your dentist changes in your diet, lifestyle, and overall health, too.
Step Four: How to Deal with Dry Mouth – Dealing with dry mouth is vitally important. Dry mouth can make tooth decay get worse. Dentures can lose their fit, and consequently begin irritating your gums and soft tissue, such as skin underneath them. Consider using a moisturizing mouthwash and consider using sprays and gums that can encourage saliva production. Be sure to consult with your dentist if you are curious about taking this step.
Two other steps involve keeping a healthy diet and lifestyle, and also to make overall dental health a high priority.
Care for the Whole Family from Annapolis Dental Center
Whether you need a tooth extraction or just want to get a dental health check-up, Annapolis Dental Center has the expertise and compassion to work with you to improve your oral health and get you smiling again. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy with the services that they receive. To set up your appointment today, give us a call at (410) 571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and the whole family, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and check us out on Yelp!