Don’t Ignore Your Dental Health

Winter 2007 CSANews Issue 65  |  Posted date : May 22, 2008.Back to list

For many seniors, dental health often becomes a secondary concern when one is faced with more pressing health issues. However, ignoring your teeth and gums can lead to various oral health problems, such as root decay, gum disease, tooth loss, dry mouth, darkened teeth and diminished sense of taste. Dental health is also often directly linked to certain medical conditions and/or types of medication. This is why it is important to advise your dentist of any existing conditions and treatments, as the manner in which you care for your teeth may need to be altered.

Having dentures shouldn’t deter you from scheduling regular visits to the dentist. Ill-fitting dentures can cause a host of problems, including mouth sores and stomatitis. Dentures need to be brushed daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and it is important to brush your gums and tongue to reduce plaque buildup. If your dentures are uncomfortable or broken, don’t try to fix them yourself. Have your dentist make any repairs or adjustments using materials that are specifically made for dentures.