Seniors are encouraged to maintain good oral hygiene
(NC)— Most seniors can expect to keep most, if not all of their natural teeth. This prospect is encouraging but only if good oral hygiene habits are maintained, including regular visits to a dental professional.
Statistics Canada estimates that seniors represent the fastest growing segment of the population, a segment expected to reach 9.2 million by2041. As more Canadians age, proper preventive healthcare, including oral health, becomes increasingly important.
The Canadian Health Measure Survey says 53% of adults aged 60 to 79 do not have dental insurance, and the lack of coverage is one of the main reasons why they don't see a dental professional. Since older adults have specific dental needs, seniors and their caretakers should be aware of the importance of regular dental care.
Bacteria from your mouth can travel and develop into serious infections affecting your overall health, specialists say. Many medications can cause dry mouth, a condition that can contribute to cavities and other oral problems. Seniors also develop more cavities on the roots of their teeth than younger adults.
So whether you're at home or in a long-term care residence, regular treatments by a dental hygienist can help prevent more serious health problems. Together, you can plan a daily oral care routine that will keep your teeth, and you, healthy for life.
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