World Oral Health Day - Live Mouth Smart

March 20th is the World Oral Health Day, a date celebrated worldwide to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and its significance in maintaining general health and well-being.  One of the reasons for the date choice is to reflect that Seniors must have a total of 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy. SeniorsZen wants to support this campaign, reminding seniors of practices to maintain a good oral health!

The importance of oral health is commonly overlooked. Oral health is much more than having a great smile! It’s in the mouth that the digestive process starts and we depend on a healthy mouth to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and demonstrate a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease. Regardless of your age – 5, 15, 25, 65 or 85 years – a good oral health greatly impacts your overall health and well-being.

Seniors' Oral Health

When it comes to oral health of elderly patients, a few changes in oral care may be necessary. Mouth dryness, use of dentures, gum grouth and certain medications are some of the factors that affect negatively the health of people as they get older.

Professional dental care is considered by many as costly. However, when managing your healthcare expenses, consider that preventive maintenance and regular check ups are significantly less expensive than treatments.

 

You are never too old to care for your teeth! There are many measures you can take to safeguard your oral health:

Brushing & Flossing  

- Maintain good hygiene practices, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly – preferably after every meal – and correctly. 

Learn the correct way of brushing and flossing here.

Denture Care

 - Know how to care for your complete dentures and partial dentures as carefully as you would look after natural teeth.

Learn how to efficiently look after your dentures here.

Lifestyle choices

- Avoid risk factors, such as tobacco, excessive alcohol intake and unhealthy diets, specially those rich in sugar.

Dental Exam

-Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist is the only one with the adequate skills, training and expertise to recognize oral problems and address them. 

Learn more about the dental exam here.

 

Tips for caregivers:

Learn how you can help someone to care for her/his oral health here: Canadian Dental Association - Tips for Caregivers

 

Source:

CDA - The Canadian Dental Association 
World Oral Health Day - Campaign Website
 
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Written By: Eveline Pinto
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