For seniors, good oral health and the ability to eat comfortably is associated with a better quality of life.
There are many changes that occur to the teeth and gums as we age. Cracked, breaking or worn down teeth, receding gums, tooth discolouration and loose dentures are all common problems associated with an aging mouth.
It is common for older patients to be taking medications which dry the mouth and this dry mouth greatly increases the risk of tooth decay. Dry mouth combined with receding gums is a big dental problem for seniors, as when the gums recede the root surface of the tooth becomes exposed and this root surface is particularly prone to decay.
Poor oral hygiene in the elderly increases the risk of uncomfortable oral thrush infections and pneumonia.
Regular dental check-ups help ensure the preservation of a healthy mouth to better equip seniors to eat comfortably into the future.