Dental Care for Seniors: Tips and Treatments

Toronto Dental Care for Seniors

Dental needs change as we age. Seniors are at increased risk for many dental problems but regular dental exams and proper home care can help maintain a healthy smile. Restorative dentistry treatments can repair damage and improve both function and appearance for many senior patients. To find out which treatments are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Toronto cosmetic dentist Sol Weiss. In the meantime, learn more about dental care for seniors in this overview.

Common Dental Issues for Seniors

Despite practicing proper oral care, seniors can still experience oral health problems as a result of the aging process.The teeth can wear and discolor, even with regular brushing and flossing.

  • Dental stains: Dental stains are common for seniors. Dental stains result from certain foods and beverages, and tobacco use.
  • Gum disease: Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth decay or even tooth loss.
  • General wear: General wear results from the friction and force applied to the teeth every time we eat and chew. General wear can erode the enamel, leaving the teeth vulnerable to decay, or lead to dental fractures.
  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay can result from poor oral hygiene or general enamel wear.
  • Missing teeth: Seniors are prone to tooth loss as a result of decay, gum disease, or broken teeth.

Dental Care Tips for Seniors

Proper dental care is important at any age. However, seniors may require more attention as they are prone to dental health issues. Here are some oral health tips seniors should follow to maintain a healthy smile:

  • Practice proper brushing habits: Brush for at least two minutes, at least twice a day. Special care should be taken to clean along the gum line and the back teeth.
  • Floss at least once a day: Flossing is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease. Floss at least once a day along all sides of each tooth and as far along the gum line as possible.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash: Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash can reduce plaque in the mouth, helping to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
  • See your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings: Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are key to keeping a healthy smile. Regular dental exams catch damage early and professional cleanings keep the teeth free of damaging tartar build-up.

Restorative Dental Treatments

Many seniors can benefit from restorative dentistry treatments. There are many restorative dentistry treatments to reverse years of damage. Some popular treatments for senior patients include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Implant-supported dentures
  • Root planing and scaling for gum disease treatment

Schedule a Consultation

To find out more about senior dental care and treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Weiss today!