As we age, we may worry about some aspects of our health more than others. For example, osteoporosis, hearing loss, and memory loss are all commonly associated with aging. But more and more, dental health is becoming a concern among those who are more advanced in years.
So how can you take care of your teeth as you age? Here are some tips on maintaining your oral health.
If you already have a good dental hygiene routine, make sure you keep it up. But if you’ve been letting flossing and other dental good habits slide, now’s the time to step it up. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and limiting your intake of sweets are important ways of maintaining your dental health. In addition, you should visit your dentist for a teeth cleaning and checkup every six months.
Gum disease is especially prevalent in older people, so make sure you visit your Edmonton dentist if you or a family member experiences any of the following symptoms:
• Gums that bleed while while flossing or brushing, or when eating hard foods
• Gums that are red or swollen
• A receding gum line
• Loose teeth
• Signs of infection such as pus between the teeth
• Bad breath that won’t go away
• A change in the fit of your denture
If you’re worried about these symptoms of gum disease in yourself or someone you care about, talk to us at Janz Family Dental today.
Caring for your loved ones
If you’re caring for an aging parent or family member, it can be a lot to handle. If they’re living in residential care, make sure you inquire as to what services are available. Is there an in-house dentist, or will they schedule regular visits with one that’s located nearby? Will they drive your loved one to and from appointments? Can a professional caregiver offer assistance in helping with everyday routines? Make sure your family member is receiving twice-yearly dentist visits, and keep an eye on their dental habits. Their dentist may have tips to help you assist them in their routine, such as teaching you how to clean dentures, or about signs and symptoms to look out for in case there’s a problem.
Dental health is an important concern for those who are aging. If you or a loved one needs a teeth cleaning in Edmonton, schedule an appointment with Janz Family Dental today.