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How to Take Care of your Oral Health at Old Age?

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As you age, your body goes through several changes. Be it your nervous system or bones, everything goes through certain alterations, including your mouth and teeth. Gradually the nerves in your mouth grow smaller, so you would not be able to sense cavities and other dental issues at its early stage. That is why we recommend people to visit their dentist more frequently as they age.

However, do not just assume that your tooth has to decay with age. With the right care and precautions, you can have healthy gum for a lifetime. In this write-up, we are going to disclose some of the best tricks and tips to maintain a healthy gum for a lifetime.

1. Brush twice a day

We cannot emphasize enough brushing your teeth twice a day and it becomes more of a necessity with your age. If you are using an electric toothbrush, it is fine. However, you can also go for a normal toothbrush with soft bristles. Do not forget to change your brush more often.

2. Flossing is the key

There are hard-to-reach corners in your mouth, which cannot be invaded by the bristles of your toothbrush. These corners are also the breeding ground for germs and bacteria. That is why you need to floss your teeth more often. If not twice at least use dental floss once a day to clear the gap of your teeth.

3. Wash your dentures

 Whether you are wearing a partial or full denture, it is very important to clean it every day. Do not forget that the denture is acting as your teeth and need to be taken care of. Prefer to remove the dentures for a few hours; it is best to remove them while sleeping.

4. Drink fluoridated water

The water you are consuming should contain a certain amount of fluoride. The fluoride acts against tooth decay and keeps your gum healthier. Normal tap water contains the optimal amount of fluoride. However, if you prefer purified water, make sure it has all the necessary minerals present in it.

5. Quit smoking

Smoking is the biggest enemy of your overall health. It not only puts you at the risk of cancers and lung diseases but also causes tooth decay and loss. So, try quitting it as soon as possible.

The steps mentioned above, take just a few minutes of your time every day but acts as the elixir for oral health.

How to Facilitate Oral Health Care for the Elderly?

Aching gums and tooth decay is the prime cause of discomfort among elder citizens. One of the main reasons behind this increase in oral health is they are not able to take care of their health on their own. Therefore, it becomes our duty to make sure they remain healthy and happy.

 Do not worry,  it won’t take much time of yours, as just a few steps can make sure that your parents and loved ones are being properly taken care of. All you have to do is follow these two steps.

  • Most elderly people are unable to remember things. Set a reminder for them to clean their mouth and floss twice a day. You can just set an alarm on the smartphone and they will do the rest on their own.
  • Make sure they are regularly visiting the dentist.

Even if you are even if are looking after someone who is confined to bed and is not able to take care of himself or herself, you must ensure cleaning of the mouth. Either take care of it yourself or hire someone to do the same. If oral hygiene is overlooked for a long time, the bacteria from the mouth can reach the lungs causing pneumonia.

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