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All of us undergo physiological changes as we age but we often tend to put dental care on the back burner unless there is some kind of a dental emergency. You may be either unaware or ignore the fact that poor dental health is one of the underlying causes of life-threatening systemic diseases.

Here’s a brief rundown on why proper dental care is essential for your overall well-being.

  • Medication affecting dental health

Elder people are more likely to consume medicines – with and without side effects. Medicinal side-effects can range from dry mouth to gum changes which contribute to tooth decay and gum diseases.

  • Prevent teeth stains

The dentin (or the layer beneath the enamel) accumulates stains over time. Since teeth enamel erodes with age, you will end up with a set of discolored teeth if uncared for.

  • Mobility affecting dental hygiene

Aging causes your mobility to dwindle and interferes with your daily chores. You may not be able to brush effectively to maintain optimum dental health. So, never ignore the importance of professional help at this point. Your dentist may advise solutions such as an electric toothbrush, anti-bacterial mouthwash for your problem.

  • Prevent deadly diseases

Poor oral hygiene can gradually put you at risk of not only dental problems but Pneumonia, cardiovascular diseases, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Oral Cancer. A healthy mouth can keep these diseases at bay.

  • Protect tooth root 

Receding gums pose a danger to the vulnerable tooth root. Being exposed to food particles, teeth roots are always are at risk of decay. Periodic checkups can prevent root decay to a good extent.

In addition, dental problems can take a toll on your quality of life. The pain and discomfort can impact your confidence, communication, and dietary habits. Follow these steps to maintain optimum dental health:

  • Regular brushing and flossing: Make sure that you brush and floss twice, daily. In case of mobility issues, seek the advice of your dentist. If you are using dentures, soak them in a glass of cleaning solution overnight, instead of cleaning with a brush and toothpaste.
  • Electric toothbrush: Mobility issues can come in the way of oral hygiene. Discuss with your dentist and find a solution such as an electric brush.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking or consuming tobacco can invite problems like oral cancer to your life. So, always stay away from it; in case of addiction, seek expert advice.
  • Regular dental checkups: Make it a habit to visit your dentist in Dubai twice or thrice a year. This will not only ensure clean teeth but also help you know the condition of your teeth and take the necessary steps.

Besides the discomfort, dental problems in older adults can be a warning sign of more serious health issues. Get in touch with our dental clinic in Dubai as soon as you see any kind of dental infection.

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