Dental care is not just for the young! Seniors today are living longer than ever, and they are seeing that the advantages of preventive and functional dentistry are far-reaching. This type of dentistry improves health, quality of life, and oral function.
Health means everything to us, at any age. That is why it is so important for seniors to actively care for their teeth and gums and utilize preventive and functional dentistry when needed. In addition to the physiologic changes that come with aging, there are also a variety of comorbid health conditions associated with dental issues, like hypertension or diabetes.
The risk of gum disease is also prevalent among seniors, especially those who have challenges with routine at home dental care. While preventive dental care is important for everyone, it is even more so for seniors.
It is also important to point out the systemic connection between oral and physical health. Poor oral health can lead to health issues in other parts of the body, which poses a serious threat to seniors. There has been volumes of research showing that poor oral health can lead to conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney and lung disease, heart attacks, stroke, dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Quality of life is one of the most important issues for seniors. Dental care can actually improve quality of life for seniors in a variety of ways. The elimination of pain from dental problems is a big factor that raises quality of life. Having a healthy oral cavity also makes it easier to eat and enjoy a wider range of foods.
Perhaps the biggest reason why dental care can improve the quality of life for seniors is that it helps restore oral function. Your teeth and mouth are an essential part of daily life, and when they don’t function properly it can be a major obstacle. Simple things like chewing, swallowing, and even smiling can be taken for granted until we are no longer capable of doing them.
We hope that all seniors take an active role in their dental care, and continue to utilize the benefits that preventive and functional dentistry have to offer. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us today!