No one likes the idea of growing older, especially with all the new risks and health conditions that can accompany the aging process. Just as you must care for your overall health with advanced age, you also must take care of your dental and oral health. Did you know that your oral health could actually aggravate conditions that affect your whole body? In fact, dental disease can cause infections is other areas of the body, and gum disease has even been linked to heart disease.
We all know that it is important to brush and floss our teeth and to go to the dentist regularly. However, as you grow older you may be surprised with how difficult these tasks become. Arthritis and other conditions can make it very painful to floss your teeth. It may be time to consider new flossing devices that are on the market to help ease your discomfort.
It is also important to brush thoroughly, including your tongue and the roof of your mouth. If you’re having difficulty, consider using an electric toothbrush. Use of devices such as Water Piks may also help you reach tough spots in the back of your mouth for a more thorough cleaning.
If you need assistance or would like more ideas regarding dental care as you age – contact West Newton Dental for more information today.