Dental Issues and Care for Seniors

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Diana Smith, World Executives Digest |  Sydney is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world that offers numerous attractions for all age groups and making unforgettable memories. However, it can get a bit overwhelming, so much so, that even the locals miss various opportunities to enjoy its charms and smile to their heart’s content. This is why it’s so important to organize your life and maybe make the most out of this city when you reach mature age and finally have time for yourself. Unfortunately, many people still lose sight of what’s important simply because they get so occupied with thoughts of how they look. For example, seniors usually suffer from dental issues that can prevent them from enjoying life to the fullest and taking as many gorgeous photos as they want with a big bright smile on their faces. But, the truth is, having dental issues is a perfectly normal thing in life, and, luckily, all these issues can be repaired and/or prevented. There’s no reason to put your youthful adventure spirit on hold, just because your teeth don’t make you feel confident. Oral health is a window to your overall health, and with proper care, you can make the most out of every day you spend in Sydney, or the rest of the world for that matter.

Tooth decay

This is one of the most common dental issues among the elderly. Luckily, tooth decay is easily preventable with the reduction of sweet foods as well as regular tooth brushing. If you have a sweet tooth, then make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Moreover, if you feel that there are some food particles stuck between your teeth, try to wash your mouth with water at least if you can’t brush your teeth immediately. In case tooth decay has already started, all you have to do is seek professional help and then continue the healthy teeth brushing habit to maintain good oral health.

Toothache

As you get older, your teeth do, too. Together with potential tooth issues, your teeth nerves may die, which can cause inflammations and toothache. Again, this is nothing to be ashamed of, as it’s a common problem among the seniors. Obviously, a dental treatment is essential, but if you can’t get to a dentist immediately, you can take painkillers your doctor allowed you to use. Moreover, an antibiotic will be needed in order to soothe the inflammation, so don’t hesitate to go to a clinic and have this issue dealt with. After all, why would you miss a night at the Sydney Opera House, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk or a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden because of an annoying toothache that can be easily fixed?

Broken teeth

Let your smile shine as bright as the Australian sun. In case your teeth are broken, which can happen as they decay and get sharper, you definitely want to repair them as soon as possible. After all, you can seriously hurt your tongue and even get inflamed gums when this happens. Not to mention that broken teeth are the number one reason for people choosing not to smile and feeling conscious about the way they look, even in situations when they should be having fun. Instead of hiding your happy feelings and getting all insecure, why don’t you just see a professional dentist in Bondi Junction and then proceed to enjoy your day at Bondi Beach? Just imagine how many beautiful memories you can make and show just how happy and fulfilled you are. Hitting a certain age doesn’t and shouldn’t mean that the fun stops.

Gum problems

Gum-related oral problems can be very serious if left untreated. These can cause many other health issues aside from the existing dental ones. In that respect, it’s essential that you seek expert dental help when experiencing this. However, even though gum disease is a serious issue, almost 90% of gum-related problems are preventable with proper oral hygiene, which involves regular tooth brushing and the use of floss. For a senior with sensitive teeth, using an electric toothbrush may be more effective, as the brush is softer and cleans more effectively, without the need to use harsh hand motions. Together with gums, don’t ignore any changes in the soft tissue of your mouth. Some lumps and ulcers may pass after just a couple of days, which is a normal occurrence, but if these persist, don’t hesitate to see your dentist as soon as possible. Even if these happen not to be painful, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

The issue of dentures

It’s not uncommon that seniors need dentures. In the end, this is the perfect solution for an active, happy and healthy lifestyle. You’ll be able to eat better and smile a lot more as you explore the city of Sydney, or any other place in the world. Actually, dentures are a must for people who need them as they can improve the quality of a senior’s life 100%. Even if you’re not an adventurous type or don’t really care about going out and about, you still want to feel great during family or any other kind of social gatherings. Obviously, you need to see a dentist when it comes to dentures, as the fit has to be perfect. Dentures shouldn’t be worn at night but soaked in a special solution that will fight off bacteria. Just like you would brush your teeth, brush your dentures regularly. And in case you feel the slightest discomfort, go for a check-up. With today’s technology, dentures can be made to fit you completely.

It’s important that you discuss your medical history with your dentist. A dental expert needs to know everything about your condition, just like any other doctor. After all, there are some meds that can cause a reduction in the function of the salivary glands. Tooth decay, gum disease and problems with dentures can occur because of this, which is why your dentist needs to know about it. There are also some interesting tips to substitute saliva production, such as chewing sugar-free gum, sipping water every once in a while and brushing your teeth more often during the day. In the end, the world is your stage regardless of how old you are and with professional dental clinics available around you, there’s no reason not to give your best smile to the audience.

 

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