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Seniors and Oral Health | Dr. Collin Kwasnik

Dentist Berlin

As you age, it’s crucial to prioritize the health of your teeth to maintain their strength and vitality. At Kwasnik Family Dental, Dr. Collin Kwasnik and our team understand the unique dental needs that come with aging. Seniors, in particular, are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease, so in addition to regular dental check-ups, here are some essential tips for keeping your teeth healthy as you age.

Maintain a Consistent Oral Hygiene Routine
Regardless of age, maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine is essential for optimal dental health. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily to remove plaque and food particles that can lead to decay and gum disease. For seniors who wear dentures, it’s important to remove them for at least four hours each day, ideally at night, and to clean them daily to prevent oral health issues.

Stay Hydrated and Visit Our Office Regularly
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day not only helps to keep you hydrated but also stimulates saliva production, which is essential for remineralizing tooth enamel and maintaining oral health. Additionally, be sure to schedule regular dental visits at Kwasnik Family Dental for professional cleanings and thorough examinations to detect and address any dental issues early on.

Tips for Caregivers
If you’re the primary caregiver for an elderly loved one, helping them maintain good oral hygiene can be challenging but crucial. Establish a routine for brushing and flossing their teeth and assist them in making appointments at our dental office for regular check-ups and cleanings. If managing their dental care becomes overwhelming, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for guidance and support.

Financial Assistance Options
For seniors enrolled in state or national financial programs, there may be options available to assist with dental care costs through programs like the Incurred Medical Expense regulation recommended by the American Dental Association. If financial concerns prevent you or your loved one from seeking necessary dental treatment, please speak with our team, and we can explore available options to help lessen the financial burden.

Don’t Forget About Gum Health
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common concern for aging adults and can be exacerbated by certain medications. It’s essential to inform our team of any changes to your medications during your dental visits, as some medications may affect your gum health. Regular dental visits are crucial for early detection and treatment of gum disease to prevent further complications.

Maintaining optimal dental health as you age requires consistent care and attention. By following these tips and partnering with our team at Kwasnik Family Dental, you can ensure that you and your loved ones enjoy healthy smiles for years to come. For more information or to schedule your next appointment, please contact our office today.

Kwasnik Family Dental of Berlin
Phone: 802-229-0561
395 Paine Turnpike N
Berlin, VT 05602

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