Aging and Dental Health: The Importance of Geriatric Dentistry

Aging and Dental Health: The Importance of Geriatric Dentistry

June 21, 2018

People of all ages need to understand that your oral health is still extremely important no matter how old you are. Even if you have lost some teeth or have no natural teeth left, you still need to care for your oral health. As people grow older, they may believe they are destined to lose their teeth and suffer from bad oral health, which is untrue. It is equally necessary for elderly people to seek good dental care.

As you grow older, there is a vastly increased possibility of tooth loss, tooth decay, and many other oral health problems, such as gum disease and dry mouth. However, these conditions are avoidable. Not only are they avoidable, they are very serious and should not be taken lightly. A tooth that is decaying should be dealt with quickly.

The Dangers of Ignoring Oral Health

Unfortunately, the people of the general population still do not fully understand the link between poor oral health and other severe and dangerous diseases. If a person receives geriatric dental health care regularly, they can prevent or even eliminate certain oral diseases and other associated diseases such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.

If a tooth becomes severely infected and decaying in your mouth, bacteria can quickly enter your bloodstream and cause infection. It is possible to develop heart disease due to poor oral health. Of course, geriatric dental health is nothing to be taken lightly.

If older adults receive proper dental care, they can maintain healthy teeth and gums that enable them to confidently speak, eat, and smile.

If you are over the age of 60 and want to take charge of your oral health, please give us a call today or schedule an appointment with us.

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