Dental Care for Older People
As we age the body changes and the risk of physical and dental problems increases. However, older people can minimise the risks with improved care of the body and by following a good dental health regimen.
Clearly, brushing and flossing the teeth regularly combined with regular check-ups at the dentist are extremely important and even more so for those with dental complaints. Some of the major dental issues facing people aged fifty and over are:
• Gum disease
• Tooth decay
• Worn-out dental fixtures such as fillings and bridge work
Of major concern is the increased risk of oral cancer among older people which is often a result of heavy smoking or excessive consumption of alcohol. The good news is that oral cancer can be successfully treated when detected early and the dentist can screen for possible cancer during regular check-ups.
Read more about dental issues for older people at https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-age-55-up/good-dental-hygiene-for-seniors-with-dental-complications-1014.