DENTAL CARE FOR SENIORS

The risk of cavities increases with age. This is due to dry mouth, which is a side effect of many prescription medications. What can you do about it?
1. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Use a soft toothbrush and replace it every 3-4 months.
3. Use an electric toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis.
4. Clean between teeth every day with floss, pre-threaded flossers, tiny brushes that reach between your teeth, or toothpicks made of plastic or wood.
5. Clean dentures daily. Use cleaners made specifically for dentures. Household cleaners and toothpaste are too abrasive and can damage dentures.
6. Take your dentures out for at least four hours every 24 hours to keep the lining of your mouth healthy.
7. Schedule regular 6-month check-ups. This is important because as you age, the teeth nerves become smaller and less sensitive. By the time you feel any pain, it may be too late to save your tooth. Also, gum disease and oral cancer are not painful until they are in advanced stages. Regular exams can help with early detection and early treatment.