The same way that getting older affects our physical and mental health, it also has an impact on dental health. Taking care of our teeth only gets more important the older we get.
How does aging impact dental health? And why is elderly teeth falling out such a common problem?
More importantly, how can we ensure the health and function of our smiles as we age?
Read this article to learn more about dental health as we age and how to prevent tooth loss in seniors.
The Natural Aging Process
Aging is both an inevitable and beautiful part of life. As we move through life, our bodies undergo changes. Our mouth is no exception. The aging process impacts dental health. It also affects fine motor skills and oral hygiene practices. That is why older adults are more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Gum Disease: The Leading Reason for Tooth Loss
The top reason for tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Periodontal disease is any infection of the tissues around the teeth. Without early treatment, it only worsens. Gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease, includes irritated and bleeding gums. Addressing the issue during this stage can even reverse the disease. But left untreated, it can progress to advanced periodontitis and tooth loss.
Fewer Dental Visits
Another primary reason teeth fall out in seniors is lack of professional dental care. In addition to the direct effects aging has on teeth, it also makes dental care more challenging. As dexterity decreases, brushing and flossing can be harder for seniors.
For that reason, professional cleanings are even more vital. However, we find seniors do not visit the dentist as often as they need to. Cost, transportation, and many other fears can keep seniors out of the dental chair. However, preventative dental care is essential for preventing, catching, and treating dental concerns before they lead to lost teeth.
Visit Our Dentist for Seniors in NE Calgary, AB
Dr. Brent MacDonald and his dental team are here to care for seniors’ smiles. We offer complete senior dentistry services to keep older adults’ teeth healthy and strong. Count on our dental office for warm, compassionate care for the elderly. Our goal is to help you enjoy your healthy, natural teeth for as long as possible.