The Importance of Oral Health in Older Adults

As medical statistics continue to prove that oral health is closely related to overall health, one age group that appears more affected than others is older adults. As age-related changes take place in the mouth, these dental changes require specific considerations in the oral health of older adults. Unfortunately, oral health can fall by the wayside in older adults which is why at Cromer & Cairns Dental, we encourage our Vero Beach dental patients to be proactive in the care of their teeth and gums, which can offset a host of dental problems linked to inefficient oral care.

Because poor oral health can compound with other health considerations, especially in older adults, maintaining a stable oral care regimen is crucial to ensure overall good health. Among the reasons why oral health should be of particular importance for the elderly is a potential for infections to become deadly, as well as an increased risk for disease. In addition, some of our Vero Beach dental patients at Cromer & Cairns Dental take more than one medication, which can cause dry mouth. If left untreated, this can often lead to gum disease and cavities.

When it comes to the overall health of older adults, there are many common conditions and diseases specifically linked to dental health. However, maintaining a good oral health routine can help older adults treat and possibly eliminate instances of certain illnesses. Some of the most common ailments directly linked to poor oral health practices include pneumonia, diabetes, heart disease, oral cancer, and high blood pressure (hypertension).

With the potential for negative whole-body consequences, proactive oral care for older Cromer & Cairns Dental patients in Vero Beach is an easy way to prevent problems before they begin. Some of the best tips for healthy teeth and gums include brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, cleaning your dentures every day, and stopping smoking and/or using chewing tobacco.

Additional considerations for older dental patients should include regular dentist visits, which examine your teeth and identify any problem areas before minor issues become worse. At the same time, dental cleanings serve to remove plaque build-up, which if not removed, can lead to an excess of bacteria in the mouth that can potentially cause a host of additional health problems once it moves into the bloodstream and body.

Even though elderly dental patients tend to have more oral health issues than younger dental patients, the key to preventing serious dental issues in later years is developing a consistent oral health routine and maintaining it on a daily basis. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, we look forward to getting to know every patient and smile that comes through our door in Vero Beach.

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