Oral health is something that is very important for seniors. There are a variety of issues that can arise when seniors don't take care of their teeth and gums. Here are three specific reasons why oral health is so important for seniors.
Keeps Them Healthier Overall
Poor oral health has been linked with things like heart disease, diabetes, and even pneumonia. While these health issues can be dangerous for people of any age, they are especially dangerous, and can be potentially life threatening, for seniors. The great news is, proper oral health can greatly decrease, or even eliminate, these health risks, thus allowing seniors to stay healthier overall.
Makes Dental Care Easier
When a senior has taken great care of their teeth for their whole lives, they are much more likely to have healthy teeth as they age. This can make caring for their teeth much easier because they don't have to worry about the added cost and hassle of dealing with dentures. They can instead continue the dental care routine they have their entire lives and enjoy their good oral health and using their real teeth.
Avoid Unnecessary Pain
When good dental care is not practiced, the overall oral health of teeth and gums reduces drastically. This can lead to infected teeth and gums that require special care and attention from a dentist and can also become very painful. This pain is something that no senior wants to experience. Thankfully, taking care of their teeth and seeing their dentist on a regular basis will allow seniors to avoid most pain associated with their mouth and will help them to have healthy teeth and gums as they age.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!