Oral Health Spotlight


September 2022 Spotlight

Advancing in age puts many seniors at risk for oral health problems.  In this month’s oral health spotlight, we will give examples of those senior oral health problems and provide a few tips on how to help keep your mouth healthy at any age.  Read on.


What oral health problems could arise as an older adult?


Dry mouth:  Certain medications to treat chronic conditions like heart disease and other illnesses, and radiation treatment in the head and neck areas for cancer, may reduce saliva flow making one’s mouth susceptible to dental caries.


Gum disease:  Also known gingivitis.  Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that causes gums to become swollen.  If gingivitis is ignored and left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease which is a severe gum disease that can destroy the bone that supports your teeth, causing teeth to fall out and making it difficult to speak and chew.  Also, as you get older, the more likely you are to have receding gums and exposed roots, which can increase your risk for root decay.


Older adults/Seniors can keep your mouth healthy by:

  • Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Using a fluoridated mouth rinse once or twice a day
  • Visiting your dentist regularly for cleaning and an oral exam
  • Choosing water over sugary drinks

Like to learn more about oral health and older adults, click here.

Need help finding a dentist, click here or call 1-800-322-6384  or 2-1-1.

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