Oral Health Care Tips for Seniors

August 29, 2019

denturesEven though you’re still young at heart, once your golden years arrive, you’ll likely notice some changes in your body. The changes tend to include your teeth, which will require extra care from now on.

Despite how some things may have changed, the way you take care of your teeth stays the same. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit the dentist twice a day, and you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of healthy teeth!

Unfortunately, Senior Living reports that more than 30% of older adults have untreated cavities, and close to 25% of those between 25 and 74 have gum disease. As we age, the nerves in our teeth get smaller, making them less sensitive to warning signs that something is going on in your mouth. That’s why it’s especially important for seniors to make it to their regular dental checkups.

Caring for Dentures

Keeping your teeth means caring for them for the rest of your life. Tooth loss doesn’t need to happen to everyone. However, if you do lose some of your teeth by the time you’re older, you certainly aren’t alone. The truth is that 30% of older adults have no remaining teeth.

Fortunately, options like dentures allow you to live a normal life despite losing your teeth. Dentures are durable and affordable for seniors. Dentures do require special care, but it isn’t so bad. Just follow our 7 steps and you will be golden!

7 Steps for Taking Proper Care of Your Dentures

  1. Take your dentures our after eating and give them a good rinse. Make sure you get all the food particles off of them.
  2. After you’re finished eating for the day, clean your mouth and gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush or some damp gauze. Don’t forget your cheeks, tongue, and the roof of our mouth.
  3. Brush your teeth every day. Be sure to get in the nooks and crannies where leftover adhesive tends to hide.
  4. Always handle your dentures with extra care. They’re surprisingly easy to break, especially if you drop them.
  5. Keep your dentures hydrated while you sleep. When dentures dry out, they tend to lose their shape. Soak them in water, or in a mild denture solution.
  6. Before you reinsert your teeth in the morning, rinse them thoroughly. Denture cleaners aren’t safe to put in your mouth.
  7. Be sure to see your dentist every 6 months. Our mouths change as we age, so every so often, you will need a new set. If you notice that your dentures feel loose, call your dentist as soon as possible.

What Not to Do with Your Dentures

Dentures are tough, but you can still harm them. Avoid using stiff-bristled brushes, harsh cleaners, and whitening toothpastes. It’s also best to avoid cleaning them with very hot or boiling water.

And remember, if your dentures start to feel loose, it’s time to visit your dentist.