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Adult dental care

Oral health needs to remain a priority for all adults. For seniors, however, oral health is often an overlooked part of general health.

Cavities can form at any age. Even if you have few natural teeth you need to brush and floss regularly to protect your teeth and gums.

If you have dentures, you still need to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dental professional regularly. Your dentist can make sure your dentures are adjusted correctly and notice any changes in the way they fit your mouth.7

Gum disease has been linked to other serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. Bacteria from a mouth infection can enter your blood stream and trigger or worsen other health problems.2

Many seniors need to take medication for different health conditions and some medications can cause side effects, such as dry mouth. When you have dry mouth, you are more likely to develop tooth decay because you don't have enough saliva in your mouth to protect your teeth from acid.7

2 http://www.mayoclinic.com

7 http://www.ada.org

Dental fact

Dental fact

The lower respiratory tract can draw bacteria in from the mouth and throat, causing infections and worsening lung problems.