Dental health issues for the elderly

28th June 2019

As we see an increasing number of patients attending who are in their advancing years, so we are encountering more challenges in maintaining good oral health. If any of the following applies to you, or maybe a friend or family member, then please do contact us for advice.

There are so many things that become more relevant over time. You might already be aware that taking various common medications can bring about a dry mouth. Did you know that as the number of medications taken increases, so does the likelihood of having a dryer mouth? Less saliva means less protection from decay and a greater risk of gum problems. If you are experiencing a dry mouth, then professional advice should be sought. Toothpastes with higher Fluoride content can be prescribed to offer better protection from decay and hygienist-led support can be offered to ensure high-level ongoing maintenance.

Mobility can be an issue – over time it can become harder to manipulate toothbrushes and interdental cleaning aids around and between the teeth. Conditions such as arthritis as well as a progressive loss of dexterity can hamper the ability to keep up with good oral care. A rechargeable electric toothbrush will have a bigger handle (easier to hold) and often make up for any shortcomings that brushing manually might bring.

For many simply getting to and from a dental practice, and then getting in and out of the dental chair, can prove a challenge. At Coppice View we have our own car park and ground-floor access to a spacious surgery where we are able to accommodate wheelchairs. We haven’t yet had a situation where we have been unable to provide care and assistance for those who request it. Please ask to come and take a look if you are considering bringing someone to the practice. We’d be delighted to show you around.

There are many considerations when thinking about the dental health of an older friend or relative. The importance of good oral health, leading to a better diet, better overall health and increased confidence and self-esteem cannot be underestimated, so if you know of someone who might need help then get in touch and we’d be happy to help advise you on the best way forward.


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