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Dental Health and Aging

Aging is inevitable, but not losing your teeth. As a person ages, nerves around teeth will get smaller which puts one at risk of many dental problems like cavity. It is really important to maintain your healthy teeth by following the below tips and regularly visiting the dentist.

Tips for maintaining your oral health:

  • Drink tap water. Tap water contains fluoride, and that helps to prevent tooth decay.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. You can also use an electronic toothbrush.

  • Floss everyday. Use a flossing tool to clean out the food between your teeth.

  • Clean dentures on a daily basis. Remove your dentures at night for a few hours.

  • Quit smoking. Smoking leads to gum diseases, tooth decay, and tooth loss.

  • Visit your dentist for a regular check up.

Caring for an elderly:

If you have a loved one who has difficulty managing their oral health as they age, you can help them by reminding them to brush and floss daily, while also visiting the dentist for a regular check up.

  • If your loved one is experiencing difficulties on brushing and flossing, it is best to seek advice from a dentist or hygienist. Some dentists also specialize in treating the elderly and the disabled.

  • If your loved one is confined in bed due to major health concerns, do not neglect their oral health too because bacteria in mouth might get into the lungs and lead to pneumonia.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD

(626) 800-8022


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