“My mom is in her 80’s. Does she have different dental needs now that she’s older?”
This is a great question that is often a concern that children have as their parents get older. As we age, many parts of our bodies experience change. Even if you’ve taken care of your teeth throughout your life, your mouth can experience some of those changes too. Especially when coupled with diseases like anemia and diabetes, the risk of deterioration in the health of your mouth is greatly increased.
Dry mouth is a common ailment that many seniors face, usually because it is a side effect of certain medications. The appearance of teeth can change, too. Teeth that were once white can start to look brown because of lifetime consumption of foods and drinks that stain tooth enamel. While these conditions don’t inherently pose a serious threat to oral health, aging can cause an increased risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and root decay. Seniors should focus on thoroughly brushing and flossing their teeth at least twice a day to decrease the risk of these conditions and to maintain the longevity of their teeth.
If you or a loved one is getting older and struggling with how to preserve that pearly white smile, make an appointment with Dr. Carter and her staff for a consultation. The team can offer great tips on what kinds of toothbrushes are best for a more sensitive mouth, how often to come in for a cleaning, and even what types of insurance plans are available for senior dental care.