The Importance of Dental Health for the Elderly

The quality of teeth has become a reflection of civility. If we were to judge the development of culture by this parameter alone, we’d be faced with some good news – it appears that the average number of teeth people retain into their old age is increasing. Still, there is always room for improvement and we have a long way to go yet, since the importance of dental health for the elderly cannot be overstated.

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As of 2017, the elderly population makes up, at the very least, 14 percent of the continent’s population. This means that, in urban centers such as Sydney, one in seven Australians are aged 65 and older. Since most Australians of this age can easily expect to live another 20 years or so, they also have to be extra diligent about dental care for a simple reason.

In spite of the cutting-edge technology and amazing medical care provided in cities such as Sydney, dental issues still turn out to be the most common brand of health problems among the older adults. Tooth decay seems to be a prevailing issue in this field, so it would be prudent to “intensify” your number of annual dentist visits. After you have reached the age of 55, one visit every 6 months is simply not enough anymore.

It’s never too late

If you have a habit of ignoring the pain and enduring through the nuisance of a painful tooth, you should begin the change in your line of thinking by adopting a new perspective. For example, the most important thing you should remember is that it is never too late to save a tooth. You are only an appointment away from the best procedure for a root canal in Sydney, with an amazing success rate. On average, this well-established method to save teeth is successful 90% of the time, which is a promising statistic if there ever was one. Remember – you are not past the point of no return as soon as the pain begins to nag you!

pexels-photo-1586482The gum issues

Also, as you enter your senior years, it becomes increasingly important to focus on gum maintenance. As you might have already been aware of, gums gradually recede as the people age and the roots of teeth become exposed to the outer elements. This leads to teeth that are much more vulnerable to cavities and infections which ultimately cause teeth to break off. In addition, the notorious plaque that forms on the outer layer of teeth leads to acidic reactions that cause gum disease. All of this sounds a bit overwhelming, but don’t lose hope! Simple practices such as brushing and flossing three times a day can ward off accumulation of plaque.

Stay consistent and always write it down

You just need to force yourself to get into the habit of doing this and staying consistent – which, in truth, can be the hardest thing. However, keep your ultimate goal in mind and don’t lose sight of what’s at stake here. If you are bad at keeping track of your daily obligations and small minutia, you can compose a “tooth maintenance schedule”. Hang it on your fridge or on the mirror in the bathroom area – wherever you decide to place it, ensure it is a hotspot that you are guaranteed to visit multiple times throughout the day.

dentist-2530990__340The taste trap

The sinister trap that can sneak up on you and cause additional teeth problems can, believe it or not, begin within your taste buds. As we grow older, our senses of smell and taste diminish. This is why so many seniors tend to put too much salt into their food and eat stronger, spicier meals. This also means that they will become partial to severely sweetened products. Such dietary change can come about slowly and wreak havoc on your teeth, so you should be extra careful not to fall into the taste trap.

Age is a factor that contributes to your oral health, but it is not the sole determining aspect. As long as you’ve gone out of your way throughout your life to adopt good habits and clean your teeth regularly, you should be in the clear – at least to an extent that this maintenance aspect is something you can control (for example, arthritis can come about unexpectedly and it affects teeth as well). Good habits pay off in the long run, especially if you’ve paid due diligence to your teeth since you were in your teens.

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