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Faqs For Seniors about Dental Care

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Elite Dental of Natick
Older Black couple smiing after dental appointment at Elite Dental of Natick in Natick, MAAs we age, our dental needs change. It's important to stay proactive about oral health to maintain a healthy smile and avoid potential problems. Here are some frequently asked questions about senior dental care:

1. How often should I see a dentist?

It is recommended that seniors visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning. However, if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.

2. What are some common dental problems in seniors?

Common dental problems in seniors include:
•  Gum disease: This is the most common dental problem in seniors and can lead to tooth loss.
•  Tooth decay: This is caused by bacteria that eat away at the tooth enamel.
•  Dry mouth: This can be caused by medications or underlying health conditions and can lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems.
•  Oral cancer: This is a type of cancer that can develop in the mouth.

3. How can I prevent dental problems?

There are a number of things you can do to prevent dental problems, including:
•  Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
•  Flossing once a day.
•  Eating a healthy diet.
•  Visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
•  Using mouthwash.
•  Wearing dentures if you have lost teeth.

4. What are some tips for caring for dentures?

If you wear dentures, it is important to take proper care of them to prevent them from becoming damaged or infected. Here are some tips for caring for dentures:
•  Brush your dentures twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
•  Soak your dentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight.
•  Take your dentures out before going to bed.
•  See your dentist regularly for check-ups and adjustments.

5. What are some signs that I need to see a dentist?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should see a dentist as soon as possible:
•  Tooth pain.
•  Swelling in your gums.
•  Bleeding gums.
•  Loose teeth.
•  A change in your bite.
•  White or red patches in your mouth.

Taking care of your oral health is important at every stage of life. By following these tips and seeing your dentist regularly, you can keep your smile healthy for years to come.
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