Tooth Protection for the Elderly in America

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Tooth Protection for the Elderly in America

Middle-aged and elderly adults are starting to agree on one huge issue: They are reporting dental pain, embarrassment, and poor prevention when it comes to the care of their teeth. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 3 Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 say that they are embarrassed by the condition of their teeth and that dental issues have caused them a lot of pain in the past few years. Though, many of these cases occur because the elderly struggle to maintain dental insurance coverage.  This results in a lot more dental problems because they have neglected their dental care over the years.

Problems in the Teeth of the Elderly

elder care dentistWhen children deal with the reality of plaque on their teeth, there are many preventative methods that can help them prevent dental issues in the future if the plaque and problems are found early. But the middle-aged and elderly have already been dealing with these issues for years, which means that sometimes their dental health has spiraled out of control, leaving them with very few options.

Bacteria and toxins have sometimes had years to wreak havoc on an adult’s mouth, leading to infections, swelling, and tender feelings. These issues can lead to cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, bad breath, abscesses, and other health problems in adults who have neglected their teeth for years. In fact, one of the most common diseases to strike in the elderly is gum disease, which are infections that harm the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. When plaque has had plenty of time to lay on the teeth, it can form a hard and harmful covering (tartar) that brushing will no longer clean. With tartar laying on the teeth, it can cause mass amounts of damage in the mouth of an elderly patient and can form pockets that get infected.

When these infections take hold, they can ruin the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth in the elderly. Because we care about the health of our elderly patients, we do not want them to suffer from these adverse ailments.

What Adults Can Do

Of course, there are things that can happen at home to help prevent these harmful conditions, such as the following:

  • Flossing at least once a day, such as before brushing to remove plaque from the teeth and gums
  • Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time
  • Using fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay
  • Eating a healthy diet, which is recommended for every adult person
  • Not smoking or quitting smoking, as you will suffer from fewer teeth and gum problems

Dental care is not just vital to the young. If you or an elderly person you love needs dental care by dentists who care about your tooth health as well as your healthy smile, contact us at McBride Dental today. We are waiting to hear from you. Call us today at 760-471-1003.





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