Oral health problems are more common in seniors. In fact, 25 percent of adults 60 or older don't have their natural teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to seeing a dentist every six months, seniors can do a few things to improve their dental health:
"25 percent of older adults don't have their natural teeth."
1. Be mindful of medications
It is common for many seniors to take at least one or two medications a day. Unfortunately, some medicines, including pain medications and calcium channel blockers, lead to dry mouth, which can increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Everyday Health recommends drinking more water, chewing sugarless gum and taking an artificial saliva product if the doctor can't switch the medication.
2. Use an electric toothbrush
An electric toothbrush moves fast and can get to hard-to-reach areas like the crevices and cracks in molars. This toothbrush also does most of the work, so seniors don't have to put as much effort into their oral hygiene routine. This is especially beneficial for seniors who suffer from diseases that affect their hands and wrists, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.
3. Get poorly fitted dentures adjusted
Improperly fitting dentures can cause gum swelling, soreness and difficulty chewing. Seniors who suspect their dentures don't fit properly should talk to their dentist right away.