When thinking of old age, some patients think of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, while others think of aging smiles that need dentures. Is age really a factor in dental health? The answer is a little unclear, but for the most part, with proper oral hygiene habits, most patients can age into their 70’s and 80’s without needing teeth pulled or replaced. Dr. Eugene and Olga Titov of Naples, FL are dentists who work routinely with patients who are practicing good oral hygiene habits and want to maintain their smile well into their golden years.
How aging can impact one’s oral health
For some patients who have certain conditions such as joint pain and arthritis, brushing and flossing may be more difficult to do properly. Additionally, some patients are one medications that may impact their oral health, such as those that might contribute to dry mouth. These issues can make a patient more susceptible to poor oral hygiene or the development of cavities and periodontal disease. However, working with an experienced dentist to combat these changes and monitor for the effects.
How to care for the smile
There are many ways in which patients can keep their smiles healthy and prevent lost teeth, disease, or decay. Below are several of the recommendations made by our team at Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center to senior patients:
- Brush and floss after every meal if possible.
- Using an electric toothbrush can help for those who have difficulty brushing
- Consider using a water pick if it is difficult to floss the teeth due to arthritis
- Add a mouthwash into your routine, preferably one that is marked as “antibacterial”
- Clean dentures and other appliances regularly and wear as directed
- Drink tap water with added fluoride or talk to your dentist about fluoride supplements
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, which can contribute to oral cancer
- Visit the dentist as directed for regular maintenance and monitoring of oral health
Schedule an evaluation today
If you are located in the Naples, FL area and want to speak with our professionals regarding your dental needs, call the practice of Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center at (239) 331-3575. An appointment can be made at the office, located at 6654 Collier Boulevard, Suite #104.