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Oral Health Care As We Age

A recent report into health care in Ireland found that one in six adults over the age of 54 has no natural teeth, with most of these wearing dentures. The likelihood of tooth loss increases with age, and older adults who live in rural areas of Ireland are seen to be twice as likely to have no teeth as those living in Dublin.

These are shocking statistics, and here at Guiney Dental Clinic we are pleased to have many older patients with healthy teeth and gums! We noticed that the likelihood of losing teeth, according to this study, increases dramatically where regular visits to a dentist are not made, and we would always encourage annual check ups throughout your life to prevent dental problems developing.

How To Protect Your Teeth As You Age:

The risk of damage to your teeth and gums increases with age, but if you are aware of this and equipped to step up your oral hygiene routine, you will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life. Our top tips for protecting your teeth as you age are:

  1. Treat dry mouth. A dry mouth can cause many dental health problems, and this can be the result of certain medications or can happen as you age. Drinking more water can help to hydrate your mouth, and chewing sugarless gum or using artificial saliva products can be a good solution.
  2. Eat healthy foods. A good diet can help to improve your general health as well as the health of your teeth and gums, and simply reducing your sug-ar intake can make a dramatic difference in protecting your tooth enamel. It is a good idea to drink water when you eat to wash food particles and bacteria away from your teeth, and to swap sugary snacks for fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. Maintain good dental hygiene. A good daily care routine is vital for your oral care throughout your life, and you shouldn’t risk scrimping on this as you age. You should continue to floss daily and brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and talk to your dentist about the most effective way to do this if your mobility is limited.
  4. Treat gum disease. Untreated gum disease can cause serious problems for dental health, and the risk of developing this becomes greater as you age, especially if you have diabetes. Talk to your dentist if you are con-cerned about your gums.
  5. Make the most of dental care. You should visit your dentist regularly and make the most of expert help to protect your teeth and gums. Any existing fillings that are damaged, or teeth that are chipped or broken can lead to decay, and any missing teeth may cause remaining teeth to drift if they are not replaced. Talk to your dentist about the best options for your situa-tion and find out how he or she can help you to maintain a healthy smile.

Are You Looking for a Family Dentist In Ballincollig?

At Guiney Dental Practice, we welcome your whole family and take the time to ensure that children always have a good experience of dental care. To make an appointment, call the Guiney Dental Clinic today on 021-481 0535.


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