Those over 60-years-old will be happy to know that getting older no longer means losing teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, today’s older adults are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever before. A healthy mouth and teeth can help older adults continue to look good, eat delicious and nutritious foods and speak clearly and confidently. A healthy mouth really is essential for a good quality of life.
A concern unique to those over the age of 60 is the sudden appearance of cavities. According to the American Dental Association, as adults get older, they enter a second round of cavity prone years. The American Dental Association advises that dry mouth, which can cause cavities, is a side effect of more than 500 medications. Older adults are more likely to require medications, so it is essential that older adults discuss all of their medications with their dentists.
Gum disease is another problem common among older adults. The American Dental Association advises it is so widespread among adults because it is often a painless condition until it reaches an advanced stage. With regular dental visits, gum disease can be treated.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 35,000 cases of mouth, throat and tongue cancer diagnoses each year, with the average age of people diagnosed with these cancers being 62-years-old The American Dental Association advises that regular visits to the dentist can spot the problem and help catch the cancer early.
The American Dental Association also advises that those who serve as caregivers for an elderly loved one, or someone with disabilities, that it is important to help them maintain a healthy mouth. It advises caregivers to remind those receiving care to brush and floss daily, as well as make sure they visit a dentist regularly.
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