Why the elderly care more about their oral health
It is shown that most treatments are successful regardless of the patient’s age
Treating conditions that may affect oral health is essential to maintain both the instrumental function of the teeth and their aesthetic function, and periodic, semi-annual reviews help to detect problems in their incipient phase. Statistics show that 77% of older people claim to have been in a dental clinic in the last six months, reinforcing the responsibility they have with their dental health care.
The teeth can last a lifetime as long as you go regularly to check-ups with the specialist. There are some circum-stances to take into account to which special attention must be paid to achieve good oral health. Among them are: the use of dentures, the con-sumption of medications and general health disorders.
Some of the main conditions that occur in the elderly are the development of caries and the deterioration of the root surfaces of the teeth (union that exists between the root of the teeth and the bone). Another one of the alterations that are accentuated with the age is the dental hyper-sensitivity caused by the retraction of the gums and by the exposure that the teeth have to stimuli such as cold and heat.
Dry mouth is also a very common problem in older people due to the consumption of medications or medical treatments. The lack of salivation is a circumstance that must be treated by the specialist due to the problems it causes when chewing and also in speech.
Pre-existing health disor-ders such as diabetes or heart conditions also affect oral health. Therefore, it is advisa-ble to see a doctor so that he can effectively treat some of the consequences that these health problems cause in the mouth.
Artedental is a clinic with experience in treating these types of conditions and recommends tooth brushing at least twice a day, preferably with a soft bristle brush. The electric brush accompanied by an oral irrigator is more beneficial and even helps better hygiene, especially in people with implants. In case of wearing a total or partial dental prosthesis, daily cleaning is recommended and removal for at least four hours a day. Adopting healthy oral habits benefits in the prevention of all types of oral conditions.
How is the dental care of Baby Boomers?
Baby Boomers is the name given to the generation that includes those born between 1947 and 1964. The term refers to the high birth rate that took place after World War II. These people grew up at a time when oral health and visits to the dentist were not considered important. Oral interventions were more invasive and were often limited to dental extractions. The treatments caused discomfort or pain and all that made the visit to the dentist was anything but pleasant. Despite all these negative elements, a national oral health study has concluded that people over 60 are the most applied in terms of dental hygiene routines, as well as visits to the dentist.
The figures indicate that 57% of people under this age range claim to brush their teeth three or more times a day. On the other hand, people between 30 and 40 years have a lower brushing frequency, getting to do it at most twice a day.