Your Guide to Optimal Oral Health: Senior-Specific Tips for a Healthy Smile

Maintaining a healthy smile throughout your life is crucial, and it becomes even more important as we age. With potential changes in oral health needs and the increased risk of certain conditions, proper dental care becomes vital for seniors.

Art of Dentistry is here to help you navigate this journey with our top oral health tips for seniors:

1. Regular Dental Checkups:

  • Catch Issues Early: Regular dental visits, even with dentures, allow for early detection and prevention of oral health problems.
  • Medicare & Insurance: Remember, Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care. Explore private dental insurance options for comprehensive coverage.

2. Brushing, Flossing & Rinsing:

  • Daily Routine: Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

3. Monitor for Oral Cancer:

  • Increased Risk: As you age, your risk of oral cancer increases. Be vigilant and watch for any unusual changes in your mouth.

  • Warning Signs: Look out for spots, lumps, white or red patches, difficulty swallowing or chewing, tongue numbness, or jaw swelling. If you notice any of these, contact your dentist immediately.

4. Quit Tobacco:

  • Double Threat: The CDC warns that smoking tobacco significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and various other cancers, including those of the mouth and throat. Quitting tobacco is crucial for overall health, including your oral health.

5. Manage Dry Mouth:

  • Medication Side Effect: Dry mouth, a common side effect of certain medications, can make talking, eating, and swallowing challenging. Consult your doctor about alternative medications if dry mouth is a concern.

6. Proper Denture Care:

  • Special Maintenance: Dentures require thorough cleaning with a deep-cleaning solution to remove food particles and maintain hygiene.

  • Essential Care: Proper care of your dentures is key for their longevity and your comfort.

Remember, aging doesn’t have to mean neglecting your dental health! We at Art of Dentistry are here to support you with any questions or concerns you may have about maintaining optimal oral health as you age.

Bonus Tip: Consider using electric toothbrushes and water flossers for easier cleaning, particularly if manual dexterity becomes a challenge.

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine and scheduling regular dental visits, you can enjoy a healthy, confident smile throughout your golden years.

Call Art of Dentistry today to schedule your next checkup and unlock the secrets to optimal senior oral health!

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Art of Dentistry

2300 N Craycroft Rd.
Suite #2
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
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