Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Oral Health for Seniors

Advancing age puts many seniors at risk for a number of oral health problems, such as darkened teeth, dry mouth, and a diminished sense of taste, root decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and many more. This is why it’s important to visit our staff at Southern Cross Dental for professional cleanings and dental exams at least twice a year. The goal is to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, but even if you brush and floss regularly, you may face certain issues in your senior years when it comes to your oral health.

Wearing dentures, taking medications and general health conditions are some of the issues many seniors face. Teeth can also become more sensitive with age because our gums naturally recede over time, exposing areas of the tooth that are not protected by enamel. Unfortunately, as we age, arthritis can play another role in our oral health. For people who have this condition and have trouble using a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush may be easier to use and increase effectiveness. After all, the best way to have a healthy mouth is to prevent oral diseases in the first place.

To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

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