Taking care of your teeth is very important, especially when you are a senior. It is crucial to take care of your teeth because dental hygiene influences overall health. Here are 5 common symptoms seniors experience and what they are telling you about your health.
Inflamed, bleeding gums
If you have diabetes and suffer from inflamed or bleeding gums, then it’s time to recommit to dental hygiene. Those who do not properly take care of their diabetes are twice as likely to get gum diseases. People with diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infections and less resistant to the germs that infect the gums. It is also more difficult for people with diabetes to heal after an oral surgery or other dental procedures. Research has shown that keeping a clean mouth can help you avoid gum disease, and in turn help with blood sugar levels.
Over time your teeth experience a lot of damage. If your teeth are cracking or crumbling, then you could have GERD. GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is characterized by acid coming up the esophagus. This acid begins to break down the layers of the teeth. This breakdown can cause irreversible damage.
Persistent Mouth Sores
We all have bitten the side of our cheek and gotten a sore at some point, but these sores usually heal quickly. If you are experiencing these mouth sores consistently, then you should visit your dentist. Constant sores can be an indicator of oral cancer.
Receding gum line and loose teeth
Your dentist may be the first health care professional to detect signs of osteoporosis, not your regular physician. If you have receding gums and are losing your teeth, then visit your dentist. Osteoporosis, a disease that most commonly affects women over the age of 50, is characterized by the gradual thinning of bone density. This can cause the receding of your gum line and loss of teeth.
Plaque and gum inflammation
The plaque found on your teeth is the same plaque that builds up in other parts of the body. Buildup of these plaques can cause a stroke or heart attack. Research shows that inflammation of gum tissues is a major contributing factor in developing heart disease.
Your mouth can offer many clues as to what is really going on in your body. Continue to take care of your teeth and visit your dentist often. Healthy habits can prevent many oral diseases. Frequent dentist appointments can help dentists catch disease early. We know that it isn’t always easy to get to dentist appointments, which is why we have partnered with Dental On Location. Dental On Location comes to Bel Aire Senior Living to provide many of the services offered at a regular dentist’s office. You can get more information about Dental on Location at their website.
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