Maintaining Oral Health

Oral Health

Oral HealthA few days ago, our team at explained the oral health risks that seniors are exposed too as they age. These risks include gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in five American adults who are 65 or older have lost all their natural teeth! According to the CDC, cancer of the mouth primarily affects adults over the age of 62. What can a person do to protect themselves from oral health decline as they age? They must set up a habitual oral health care routine.
Steps for a healthy and pearly smile:

  • Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste thoroughly, twice a day
  • Floss three times a day between meals
  • Drink fluoridated water
  • Have an annual dentist exam
  • Avoid tobacco at all cost
  • Limit alcoholic drinks

For seniors who have diabetes, there is a greater risk of developing gum disease, so maintaining control over the disease will insure better gum health. Those who take medication that causes dry mouth can either switch medications (if possible) or drink large amounts of water. Oral health is important for overall health, so set up healthy habits that will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
For information about any senior-related need, you may contact an Advisor by phone at 866-333-2657 (se habla Español), or by using Contact Us. Take an online look at our senior living magazine, Magazine. You can view the entire Directory of Approved Vendors at Approved Vendors and Partners.

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