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Even Seniors Get Cavities

Even Seniors Get CavitiesEven Seniors Get Cavities

As we entered the new millennium, it was discovered that seniors were getting more dental cavities than children. Today, children and seniors are still the two highest at-risk groups for tooth decay. Aging puts us at greater risk for dental problems. The wearing away of tooth enamel, receding gums and loss of jawbone are signs that our mouths are aging along with our bodies.
Fortunately, there are now dental technologies and treatments to keep our smiles intact longer. That’s great news for seniors. The bad news is anyone with natural teeth can get dental cavities. And the longer we have our teeth, the more we expose them to the elements that can cause tooth decay.
Unfortunately, geriatric teeth are less able to handle the normal wear and tear of those in younger generations. There are several reasons why seniors may be prone to more dental cavities:
·        Difficulty brushing & flossing
·        Not enough fluoride
·        Gum disease
·        Dry mouth
·        Poor diet
There are several ways seniors can stay cavity-free. A diet low in sugar and high in calcium promotes tooth health. Fluoride toothpastes, mouth rinses or tablets can help. Drinking water, sucking on sugar-free candy or chewing sugarless gum promotes saliva production and reduces dry mouth.
For seniors with mobility or dexterity problems, wrap tape or an elastic bandage around the toothbrush. If a wider grip is needed, try taping a tennis ball, sponge or rubber bicycle grip to the handle. An electric toothbrush may also be helpful for those who cannot maneuver a manual toothbrush easily. And daily flossing should not be forgotten, either — floss holders and waxed floss may make it easier for seniors to continue their oral hygiene routine.
Because of the special dental needs of seniors, regular dental visits are still essential. We use this time to check for the dental problems that affect older patients, including cavities, gum disease, root decay and oral cancer.

The Common Cold and Your Toothbrush


As time has passed, people have become better informed on the prevention and contraction of viruses and bacteria.  Hygiene, hand washing, proper sleep and healthy eating are essential to ensure a healthy body and best defense against viruses and bacteria that can attack your body.

The “Common Cold”, as its name implies, is the most common virus to infect the  human body.   Children infected by this virus usually become sicker than most adults and are more prone to develop a complication, such as an ear infection.

Common Symptoms of the “Common Cold”

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches or a mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild fatigue

What do you do about your toothbrush after being sick?   This has been a long debated question.  It is said, that after contracting the “Common Cold” your body builds up antibodies to fight the virus and lower your chances of re-infection.   Other’s debate that your mouth has the most bacteria in your whole body.  The virus lives on your toothbrush and could possibly re-infect you and anyone who might come in contact with your toothbrush incidentally by sharing toothbrush holders, etc.  Bacteria however, like strep throat, will re-infect you and your toothbrush should be thrown away and replaced after you get better.

So what is the right answer to the toothbrush dilemma? Well, that is up to you.  The office of Dr. David M. Glasscock, DDS believes to err on the side of caution and recommends the toothbrush be replaced after recouping from any virus or bacteria.  As quoted by the infamous Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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