A lifetime of chewing, grinding, and general wear and tear can take its toll on your teeth. Add complications from certain medical conditions and medication side effects, and oral health becomes more important than ever for senior citizens. Prevention, by way of daily brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist, is the best defense.
However, proper oral care can become more challenging with age, leading to minor or major dental problems. Here is a list of common dental procedures for seniors and how they help address common geriatric dental concerns.
Each year in the U.S., approximately 48,250 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. A majority of the cases are found in the late-stage of the disease. This accounts for a very high death rate. About half the people diagnosed with oral cancer will not survive more than five years. The good news is that your dentist can see or feel the precancerous tissue changes which might lead to a cancer.
Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Following, are ten important reasons to maintain our recommended schedule of dental cleanings.