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Importance of Dental Health for Seniors

Dental health is an important factor in the quality of one’s overall health. No matter what age, your quality of life and health is directly impacted by how you care for your teeth. As you grow older, your teeth and gums change. But, getting older doesn’t mean that you will have to lose your teeth. With routine dental care and consistent home care, your teeth can last a lifetime.

It’s important to be aware of the biggest dental health problems seniors can experience. 

  • Gum recession – It’s natural over time for gums to recede, however proper dental care can help to slow down the process. At Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates, our hygienists perform a thorough exam of your gums through a periodontal charting. Any concerning issues will be discussed and monitored throughout your course of treatment. 
  • Decay – Wear and tear over the years is a natural occurrence for your teeth. Once the signs begin to appear, our dedicated practitioners can make a plan on the best way to care for your mouth. A treatment plan will be created to address the areas of decay and determine the severity before proceeding. 
  • Tooth loss – Brittle teeth, untreated dental issues, and sometimes bad habits can lead to eventual tooth loss. Obviously, the goal is to save teeth, but there are cases in which this may not be the best choice for you. Dental implants and removable dentures are options to explore when facing this situation. As one of the leading dentists in Lansdale and surrounding Montgomery County, we will provide you with the best option for your oral health.

What Are the Health Risks of Poor Dental Health?

Senior dental care is essential in helping to reduce the risk of other serious illnesses.

  • Heart disease – According to the American Dental Association, gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease due to the inflammation in the gums and bacteria, which may eventually lead to the narrowing of arteries, contributing to strokes, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Diabetes – Those with diabetes are at a greater risk for developing gum disease. The extra sugar in the saliva feeds the bacteria that is naturally present in the mouth, causing more plaque to form, leading to cavities.

Best Way to Care For My Teeth as a Senior

Seniors can improve their dental health by following these few simple steps. 

  • Continue to brush and floss twice daily as well as use an antiseptic mouth rinse. Those with limited mobility may consider using a waterpik flosser instead of string floss to get in between those hard-to-reach areas.
  • Be mindful of your diet by eating low-sugar and low-acidic foods. 
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Quit smoking since that puts you at greater risk for increased gum disease, tooth loss, and decay.
  • If you wear dentures, be sure to clean them regularly and remove them when sleeping.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice per year. Regular cleanings and exams will help to stay on top of issues before they get worse. 

At Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates, our team is dedicated to providing the best quality of care for our patients of all ages. From cleanings and routine check-ups to cosmetic dentistry and dental braces, our services cover a wide range of procedures catered towards the needs of your entire family. Our offices in Souderton and Harleysville are conveniently located from Lansdale and the surrounding areas. You can learn more about our practice and services by browsing our website or contact us at 215-486-1649/215-4