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Caring for Senior Oral Health: Insights from Dentist in Framingham

As we age, our teeth require special attention to remain strong and healthy. Seniors, in particular, are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease. In addition to regular dental check-ups, here are some essential tips for maintaining oral health in your senior years.

Stick to a Routine Regardless of age, maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine is paramount. Ensure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. For seniors with dentures, it’s crucial to remove them for at least four hours each day, preferably at night, and clean them daily. Hydration is also key; drinking water not only stimulates saliva production, which aids in enamel protection but also helps keep your teeth strong, especially if the water contains fluoride. Regular visits to our office should also be part of your routine to ensure any issues are addressed promptly.

Tips for Caregivers If you’re the primary caregiver for a senior, encouraging them to maintain good oral hygiene can be challenging. Establishing a routine and setting specific times for brushing teeth can be helpful. We also encourage caregivers to assist seniors in scheduling dental appointments. If maintaining daily dental care becomes overwhelming, don’t hesitate to contact our office for guidance and solutions.

Financial Assistance For seniors enrolled in state or national financial programs, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends exploring the Incurred Medical Expense regulation, which assists in covering necessary dental care costs. If our dentist recommends treatment, consider this option to alleviate the financial burden. Reach out to your nursing home or care facility’s caseworker for more information.

Don’t Overlook Gum Health. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can be exacerbated by certain medications. During your visit to our office, be sure to update us on any changes to your medications. Early-stage periodontal disease can be asymptomatic, underscoring the importance of regular dental check-ups for a thorough exam and evaluation. According to the ADA, over 47% of adults over 30 have chronic periodontitis.

Maintaining healthy teeth as you age requires diligence. Stick to a daily routine of brushing and flossing, and ensure regular visits to our office. If you’re a caregiver for a senior loved one, prioritize their oral health by ensuring they adhere to a daily oral hygiene routine.

For more guidance on maintaining senior oral health or to schedule your next appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re here to support you in achieving optimal oral health at every stage of life.

 

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Ali Maddahi, MS, DMD

233 Cochituate Road

Framingham, MA 01701

 

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