Why Dental Care for Seniors is as Vital as All Other Health Care
It is quite common for seniors, as they age, to neglect certain aspects of their lives and health that were once very important. One of the things that seem to be neglected more than others is dental care. Perhaps, as people age, taking care of their physical health and well-being becomes so paramount and time-consuming that they just don’t have room in their lives for regular routine dental care.
Or, it could be due to the assumption that if all other areas of the health – their blood pressure, heart rate, even stamina, and mental clarity – are at such high elves that their teeth and gums are just naturally following suit. But, each of those possible reasons, among all others, is simply unsound. The fact is that dental health is an aspect of hygiene and wellness that can’t be neglected.
From periodontal disease to dry mouth, the problems seniors can have with their oral health can affect their overall physical health. As it turns out, taking care of their gums and teeth is as necessary as tending to hearth and digestive well-being and health.
There are serious reasons why seniors must make their dental health a priority; among them are:
Susceptibility to pneumonia For the elderly, inadequate oral health has been associated with pneumonia. This is related to bacterial droplets that can be breathed in from the mouth and into the lungs. The best method for combatting this type of bacteria is through adequate, routine oral hygiene. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, be cognizant of this fact and try to ensure that his or her teeth are being cared for by the staff.
Gum disease is associated with heart disease. If you are a senior, or you have loved ones who are seniors, the best defense against heart disease of any kind – especially a heart attack – or a stroke is proper regular oral hygiene. Those who have periodontal disease are twice as apt to experience heart disease or coronary artery disease. [Source: American Academy of Periodontology]
In fact, in a publicized study it was shown that evidence of mouth problems, such as gingivitis, missing teeth and cavities, are reliable predictors of heart disease; as reliable monitoring levels of cholesterol.
Routine, thorough oral hygiene can help prevent diabetes. Periodontitis, referred to as severe gum disease, restricts the body’s capacity for using insulin. An effect of diabetes, high blood sugar, can be a pathway way to gum disease. For this reason, sufficient, effective oral health care can aid in preventing this condition from occurring.
Gum disease in slinked to many other health issues. With plaque and food particles remaining in the teeth as the primary culprits, other factors also contribute to gum disease, among them: tobacco, a poor diet, and improperly fitting dentures and bridges. Gum disease can prompt loss of teeth, but its damage does’ stop at the mouth. It can lead to a variety of serious conditions and problems throughout the body.
For more information about dental care for Seniors, contact Paul Mansky Dental today! We are located in Troy, Michigan and can be reached at (248) 689-5508 and we hope to hear from you soon!