Senior Oral Health Care

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
March 5, 2014

Proper oral care can keep you smiling well into retirement. Brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush are important. Flossing also helps save your teeth by removing plaque between teeth and below the gum line that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Problems to Look out for

Gingivitis is a dental problem that everybody needs to look out for. Most people don’t realize how important it is to take care of the gums. Gingivitis occurs when the bacteria found in plaque attacks the gums. Symptoms of gingivitis that you need to look out for include red, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing the teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you visit your dentist. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease.

Gum (periodontal) disease affects three out four adults over age 35. A gum disease infection can become severe. The gum line can begin to recede away from the teeth or in severe cases the bacteria can form into pockets between the teeth and gums. This can weaken the surrounding bone. Tooth loss can also occur, especially in people with osteoporosis. If regular dental care practices become too difficult for older patients to handle, their dentist can provide them with alternatives to aid in flossing. Medications can also be prescribed to keep infections from getting worse.

Dry mouth can occur when the salivary glands fail to work due to disease, changes in medications, certain medications and cancer treatments. Dry mouth makes it hard to eat, swallow, taste and speak. To fight against dry mouth try drinking lots of water and avoiding sweets, tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.

Maintaining Overall Health

Maintaining a healthy mouth can help keep the rest of your body healthy. It can help you avoid diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Keep your dentist informed of any changes in your medical health. Keep them up to date on your medical history to make sure there are no potentially harmful drug interactions. It is recommended that to achieve good oral health, you should visit your dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning.

When we get older, many people develop arthritis. This can make it hard to brush and floss the teeth. Your dentist can help you overcome this problem. There are certain dental products that are designed to make dental care less painful for those suffering from arthritis. Battery operated toothbrushes with a large handle can make brushing the teeth easier.

Oral cancer occurs most often in people over 40 years of age. See a dentist immediately if you notice any red or white patches on your gums or tongue, sores that fail to heal within two weeks, or an unusual hard spot on the side of your tongue. Oral cancer is often difficult to detect in its early stages, when it can be cured easily. A dentist can perform a head and neck exam to screen for signs of cancer.

For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff  at [email protected]  or call (561) 488-3111Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.

 

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