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Dental Tips for Seniors

Published on February 21st, 2020

At any stage in life, taking care of your oral health is very important; however, as we get older, dental hygiene becomes even more critical. Did you know that 17% of those aged 65 and older have periodontal disease? As your South Loop dentists, we want to ensure your mouth stays healthy at all stages of life. Here are some tips for proper oral health for seniors.

Practice Proper Dental Care

When we age, keeping up with a proper dental routine may seem particularly cumbersome. As obvious as it may seem, you need to brush and floss your teeth, using fluoride toothpaste twice a day for at least two minutes. Keep in mind you should not use too much pressure on your teeth, as this can lead to sensitivity.

Avoid Tobacco

In addition to the adverse effects on your overall health and immune system, smokers have twice the risk of gum disease as nonsmokers. If you or one of your loved ones smokes, the best advice would be to try and quit. The treatments for periodontal disease at your South Loop dentists can be less effective for those who smoke, as well.

Reevaluate Your Toothbrush

Are you using the correct type of toothbrush? When was the last time you replaced it? The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you haven’t replaced your toothbrush in a while, consider talking with your dentist about what type of toothbrush might be best for you.

Contact Your South Loop Dentists Today

For more information about caring for your teeth during your senior years, please contact us for a consultation.

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