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Should the elderly care for their teeth differently?

dentist in warrentonThere are difference in oral care between the young and the elderly.

When we age, individual health concerns earn our full attention, especially the importance of oral health for elder folks. We get just a set of permanent teeth, so it's crucial to take care of them for our entire lives.

According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF), around 75 percent of adults 60 and older only have a portion of their original teeth.

Regardless of your age or gender, you need to take care of your teeth and oral cavity. When your mouth is healthy, you can easily eat the foods you need for good nutrition. Smiling, and laughing with others also are easier when your mouth is healthy.

Tooth decay ruins the enamel that covers and protects your teeth. When you don’t take good care of your mouth, bacteria can cling to your teeth and form a sticky, colorless film called dental plaque.

Gum diseases  are infections that harm the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. When plaque stays on your teeth too long, it forms a hard, harmful covering, called tartar, that brushing doesn’t clean. The longer the plaque and tartar stay on your teeth, the more damage they cause. Your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. This is called gingivitis.

If gingivitis is not treated, over time it can make your gums can be dragged away from your teeth and form pockets that can get infected. This is known as periodontitis. When left untreated, this infection can ruin the bones, gums and tissue that support your teeth.

Here’s how seniors can prevent gum disease:

1) Brush your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste)

2) Make regular visits to your dentist for a checkup and cleaning

3) Floss once a day

4) Eat a well-balanced diet

5) Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums

6) Don’t use tobacco products

Take time to brush carefully and gently along the gum line. Lightly brushing your tongue also helps.

If you have dental questions for a dentist in Warrenton, Virginia, Contact Us today.  Dr. Jeffrey Harris is your preferred dental office in Warrenton, VA.

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