Oral Health for Seniors
As individuals age, oral health problems may become more and more. It is essential for seniors to maintain their oral health through brushing and flossing regularly since plaque can quickly build up on the teeth. When routine oral hygiene is neglected, the development of gum disease and tooth decay will become more likely. Dr. Elyson, Northridge dentist, suggests the following oral health care tips for seniors:
• Brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste
• Flossing daily
• Using an antibacterial mouth wash to help reduce bacteria associated with plaque and gum disease
• Visiting the dentist for routine examinations and professional cleanings
During your routine dental checkups Dr. Elyson will closely examine the face and neck areas for discolorations, sores, or development of moles. Patient’s occlusion will also be checked to ensure that teeth fit together properly. Jaw bone, lymph nodes, salivary glands and soft tissue will also be checked. Teeth will be examined for any signs of dental decay, compromised fillings, or damaged tooth structure.
Dr. Elyson will also perform additional assessments on patients who wear dentures or any other removable appliances. Any signs of irritation or complication caused by these dental restorations will be evaluated. Necessary adjustments or repairs will also be conducted during these visits.
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