Dentist in Dubai explains that age does not matter when it comes to dental care, especially senior citizens. So if you do have seniors in your family, encourage them to stick with a regular dental care routine at home and with regular dental visits.
Senior citizens often need more than just the regular dental visit or two each year to prevent oral health issues from developing. Once the bacteria in the mouth cause irritation and inflammation ,it can aggravate other health problems. Most often seniors are on some sort of medication, this often leads to a condition called dry mouth, which is caused by the medication inhibiting their natural production of saliva. This makes them more vulnerable to the growth of bacteria as there is no saliva to wash it away.
Encourage them to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated and reduce the discomfort of dry mouth and wash away some impurities and food particles that may allow bacteria to fester causing tooth decay leading to Dental Extractions. Encourage them to talk to the dentists about the type of medication they are on prior to a dental treatment. Usually a dentist will check the vitals such as high blood pressure, prior to commencing any sort of dental work.
Eventhough, some senior citizens lose their teeth due to aging, others go on to keep their teeth by maintaining good dental habits and visit the dentist regularly. Sometimes keeping regular dental visits can be tough for senior citizens who are on a fixed income, have no dental insurance and have retired from their jobs. However, they should seek out other dental care options and plans that are affordable and can be beneficial to them on the long run. Some senior citizens may neglect their dental care due to other health conditions such as arthritis, or Parkinson’s disease, making it difficult for them to even hold a toothbrush.
If senior citizens are concerned about their yellowing and discolored teeth, educate them on the availability of all the Teeth Whitening options that are available. For senior citizens the best treatment for white teeth is to have their teeth whitened by a professional as opposed to over the counter teeth whitening agents which can damage the healthy enamel on their teeth. A dentist will advise them on the best options for teeth whitening and how to avoid teeth stains and discoloration in the future by avoiding beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine. Seniors should practice and maintain healthy eating habits for their teeth and overall good health as well.
Seniors who use dentures should also practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentists on a regular basis to have dentures cleaned and hygienic, and prevent the build up of harmful bacteria leading to dental plaque build up. If this happens the senior will need to have a dental cleaning in Dubai to remove the build up plaque which could lead to gum diseases in the future.
Apart from a good dental care regime, seniors should pay attention to the type of toothpaste they use, the type of brush and to change it often and wash and clean dentures after very meal.