When we think of dentures, we may think of our grandparents whose teeth are placed on their nightstand. Whether that is from gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, dentures benefit the appearance and cosmetics of the mouth. Seniors are at a higher risk of oral health problems. As we age, our oral health can suffer in many ways. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to a range of oral health problems such as:
- 1) The Cost of Dental Care:
- Out of pocket costs for senior patients add up to be nearly $1,000 a year.
- 2) The Long-Term Effects of Bad Oral Health Overtime:
- The longer oral health problems are left untreated, the more decline there will be. While adults can treat minor issues, if those issues are ignored for decades it can lead to gum disease, injury, and tooth decay and loss.
- 3) The Lack of Access to Dental Care:
- Whether due to not having transportation or not having dental insurance, many older adults who need treatment lack access to it.
- 4) The Risk of Oral Cancer:
- The average age for oral cancer diagnosis is 62 years.
- 5) The Loss of Teeth:
- Those over the age of 65 have a higher likeability of losing their teeth. 1 in 5 adults in this age group or older have complete tooth loss.
- 6) Chronic Diseases that Affect the Teeth and Gums:
- Arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could cause people to be more prominent in having gum disease. Also, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and Parkinson’s disease make it harder for seniors to take good care of their teeth.
To prevent oral health problems, seniors should practice good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing twice a day, using an antibacterial mouthwash, and visiting the dentist regularly.
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