As we get older, we become more prone to certain oral health conditions. This means that dental routine for the elderly needs a bit more tweaking and should be changed in order to prevent the oral health conditions that might be brought about by old age. Here are some of the oral-related health conditions associated with becoming older and how to address them.
1) Heart Diseases
We all know that heart diseases become fairly common as we age. However, what most of us do not know is that gum diseases have been associated with heart conditions. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology has said that people with periodontal diseases are more likely to develop heart diseases. This means that one good way to reduce the risk of having cardiac problems such as heart attacks and strokes is to maintain good oral hygiene.
Believe it or not, Pneumonia has also been linked to poor oral hygiene especially for older adults. The bacteria that is formed in the mouth because of poor oral care can reach the lungs which will lead to Pneumonia. This is especially common among the elderly who are not capable of taking care of themselves. The best way to avoid this is for their caregivers to ensure that their patients are receiving adequate oral care.
One condition that hinders the body's ability to absorb insulin is periodontitis or severe gum disease. This leads to high blood sugar which in turn, aggravates the gum disease. This dangerous cycle could be prevented by making sure the gums are healthy through good oral care and regular visit to the dentists.
4) Gum Diseases
As we get older, our teeth and gums become more fragile which make it more susceptible to gum diseases. This is also one of the major causes of teeth loss among the elderly. Thankfully, it is very easy to prevent gum disease. This is by ensuring good oral hygiene and correct existing gum problems by visiting your dentist.
5) Sensitive Teeth
Teeth sensitivity is a common occurrence among older adults. This may be caused by the receding of the gums which exposes areas that is not protected by teeth enamel. In order to solve this problem, you may use soft-bristled toothbrushes and anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If sensitivity persists, consult your dentist.
6) Denture-Induced Stomatitis
Because of teeth loss, most older adults have dentures. If dental hygiene is not maintained, bacteria can build up in the dentures which causes inflammation to the tissues where the denture is attached. Another reason for stomatitis is when the denture is poorly fitted. This may cause irritation to the surrounding tissues and may lead to inflammation. In order to prevent this, make sure to clean your dentures regularly and if it does not fit well, visit your dentist.
There are just some of the conditions associated with bad oral hygiene among older adults. This is the reason why proper oral care becomes more important as we grow older. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to message us.