Most adults can keep their natural teeth all of their lives. How your teeth and gums respond to age depends on how well you've cared for them over the years. But even if you're meticulous about brushing and flossing, you may experience some common oral health issues.
Age in and of itself is not a dominant or sole factor in determining senior oral health. However, certain medical conditions, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, may make brushing or flossing teeth difficult to impossible to perform. Drugs can also affect oral health and may make a change in your dental treatment necessary.
Advancing age puts many seniors at risk for a number of oral health problems, such as:
There are dentists that specialize in senior citizen dental care. It is not vital to seek one of these professionals out, but it can make the process of providing care for senior citizen's much easier if the dentist is trained to respond to their unique dental needs. The dentist can better answer questions and is oftentimes trained to interact with senior citizens.
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