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Old Is Gold• Lack of teeth: About 30 percent of adults 65 years old and older no longer have any natural teeth. Having missing teeth can affect nutrition, because people without teeth often prefer soft, easily chewed foods. As dentures are not as efficient in chewing performance as natural teeth, denture wearers also may choose soft diets and avoid fresh fruits and vegetables.
Old Is Gold• Dental cavities: Along with gum disease, dental cavities are most often the cause of tooth loss. Older patients continue to experience dental decay on both the crowns and roots of their teeth. More than one-third of adults aged 65 years and over has untreated dental cavities.
Old Is Gold• Gum disease: Gum disease is the other leading cause of tooth loss in individuals and the severity of gum disease increases with age. Slightly more than 40 percent of individuals aged 65 and over have gum disease. At all ages, men are more likely than women to have more severe disease. At all ages, people at the lowest socioeconomic level have the most severe periodontal disease.
Old Is Gold• Dry mouth: Dry mouth happens when salivary glands do not work properly. Doctors once thought that dry mouth was a normal part of aging, but they now know that this is not true. Older adults, however, take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and more than 400 commonly used medications can cause dry mouth. Reduction of salivary flow is not simply annoying. It can make it difficult to eat, swallow, taste, and even speak. It also increases the risk for oral disease because saliva contains antimicrobial components, as well as minerals that help rebuild tooth enamel attacked by decay-causing bacteria.
Old Is Gold• Drink fluoridated water and use fluoride toothpaste.• Practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly.• Get professional oral care — even if you have no natural teeth.• Avoid tobacco. Smokers have seven times the risk of developing gum disease than non- smokers. .• Get dental care prior to cancer treatment
Old Is Gold• Daily cleaning of your denture is necessary to prevent build-up of plaque, food, calculus (tartar), and stain which can cause: – problems with appearance or esthetics – mouth odor – irritation to the tissues under the denture – infections in the mouth
Old Is Gold• Rinse the denture under water after meals to remove loose food debris.• Brush regularly after each meal,• Brush with water, soap, or a mildly abrasive toothpaste, or denture paste. Scouring powders or other abrasive cleaners should not be used because they scratch the denture. Scratches make the denture more susceptible to collecting debris, plaque and stain.• You can use a denture brush or a regular soft toothbrush to clean the denture, but use a separate brush for cleaning any natural teeth you have.
Old Is Gold• The denture can be soaked in a solvent or a detergent with a chemical action that removes or loosens light stains anddeposits. Rinse the denture with water afterwards. Chemical immersions can be done daily or several times a week.• Ultrasonic cleaning is done during a dental appointment to remove heavy stain and calculus (tartar).• The most effective way to keep your dentures clean is by daily brushing, in combination with soaking the dentures in a chemical solution.
Old Is Gold• With age, the jaw bones slowly change. Therefore, dentures that once fit no longer do. You may need to have your dentures re-adjusted or you may need to have a new denture made. If you encounter any of these problems, see your dental professional. – problems chewing food with dentures – chronic cheek biting – difficulty in speech – red and inflamed tissues – discomfort with wearing the denture – cracked corners of your mouth