Apr 12, 2018 by Gregg Gammello
As April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, elderly care experts would like to use the opportunity to educate seniors on the most common dental problems that may affect them as they age while also providing them with a couple of useful tips on how to improve oral health.
To begin with, it is important for seniors to know that dental issues are considered a normal part of aging, but that doesn’t mean that many of those problems cannot be prevented or successfully managed or treated.
As elderly care experts point out, some of the most widespread dental troubles in seniors include:
Another common oral issue is oral cancer. Though not as widespread as other dental issues, it is a serious condition that requires extensive treatment. Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth area. The signs of this disease are:
While all of this may sound scary, the good news is that there are ways for seniors to boost their oral hygiene and minimize the risk of not just dental issues but oral cancer as well. According to elderly care experts, to ensure good oral hygiene, seniors should do three things, including:
During an oral exam, seniors will first need to answer several questions about their oral hygiene routine. They will also be asked whether they have noticed any changes in the mouth, such as loose or sensitive teeth, lumps, bumps, swellings or any discomfort and pain. A dentist will then proceed to check their teeth and gums, as well as their face, mouth, tongue, neck, and throat to exclude oral cancer. Seniors who wear dentures will also have them inspected for any issues. Elderly care experts also suggest that seniors schedule regular dental cleanings, which involve removing plaque and tartar, brushing the teeth with an electric toothbrush, and detailed flossing.
Dental and oral issues are serious health concerns, but they can be avoided by following these simple tips and guidelines.