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Dental health for older people

dental health for older peopleOlder people often have a different dental health issues that younger people. By being aware of the particular challenges of dental health for older people, you can help an older person keep healthy and stay healthy. Feel free to call The Homeward Bound Dentist (or just fill out the contact form and click Send) with any additional questions that you might have.

Here are a few issues that you should consider as you strive to maintain dental health for older people.

Receding gums

Often, your gums may recede (shrink back) as you get older, and your teeth may become a little more sensitive as a result. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to show you the best way to brush to keep any gum problems under control. They may also suggest a mouthwash to deal with the sensitivity.

Difficulty brushing if you have mobility problems

You may find it harder to clean your teeth if you have problems moving your hands or arms. Call The Homeward Bound Dentist (or just fill out the contact form and click Send) and ask for advice about aids that you can use at home.

Difficulty brushing if you have vision problems

You may find it harder to clean your teeth if your eyesight is not as good as it once was. For many people, a magnifying mirror and a good light can be very helpful.

If you have lost some teeth

If you are missing some teeth, or if you have bridges or dentures, you may have particular cleaning needs and special oral hygiene requirements. problems. Call The Homeward Bound Dentist (or just fill out the contact form and click Send) and get help in these areas.these.

Medication that makes your mouth dry

Some people take medication which makes their mouth dry. Saliva helps to protect your teeth against decay. If you have less saliva than usual, call The Homeward Bound Dentist (or just fill out the contact form and click Send)  for advice. In some cases, artificial saliva (available over the counter in pharmacies) may be a good idea.

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