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Dental hygiene in old age: a comprehensive guide to a bright smile

Dental hygiene is a lifelong commitment that becomes more important as we age. From tooth decay to gingivitis, oral health challenges increase with age. In this comprehensive guide, you'll learn how to keep your smile bright as you age.

Andrea Seraina Author
Andrea Seraina
Dental Content Specialist
14.09.20237 min. reading time
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Common dental problems in old age: a look into oral health

In old age, oral health becomes an increasingly complex issue. Tooth decay is a constant enemy, especially at the roots of the teeth, which are exposed by receding gums. The gums themselves are also prone to problems such as gingivitis and other gum infections, which can not only be painful but also cause bad breath.

The mouth in general, including the oral mucosa, can also be affected. Dry mouth is a common problem in older people and can significantly affect oral health, as saliva has a natural cleaning function. Dental plaque forms more quickly and overall oral hygiene can suffer if teeth are not brushed regularly and effectively. This is where the use of an electric toothbrush can be helpful, which is often more effective than a conventional manual toothbrush.

Periodontal disease, a serious dental health condition, can lead to tooth loss in the worst case and should therefore be detected and treated early. Tartar and discolouration are other problems that increase with age. The breakdown of enamel over the years makes teeth more susceptible to discolouration and wear. Therefore, regular professional dental cleaning by a dental hygienist and daily care at home is essential.

Overall, maintaining a good oral hygiene in old age requires a holistic approach that includes both professional care at the dentist's office or at our ALPINE WHITE studio and daily dental care at home.

Implants and dentures: modern solutions for older people that go beyond aesthetics

Tooth loss is one of the most common oral health challenges experienced by older people. Fortunately, modern dentistry has made significant advances to effectively address this problem. Implants and dentures are not only aesthetically pleasing solutions, but they also offer a number of functional benefits that can significantly improve life in old age.

Implants are a permanent solution that fit seamlessly into the existing periodontium. They provide a stable base for crowns, bridges or dentures and enable older people to chew and speak again without restrictions. Unlike conventional dentures, which are often perceived as uncomfortable and can irritate the oral mucosa, implants feel like natural teeth.

Dentures such as bridges and overdentures are also sophisticated solutions that restore both aesthetics and function. They are often the preferred choice for people who are not suitable for implants or prefer a less invasive option. Modern materials and manufacturing techniques ensure that these tooth replacement options are durable and comfortable.

Overall, implants and dentures offer older people the opportunity to lead active and fulfilling lives without being limited by dental problems. They are an essential part of geriatricdentistry and help to significantly improve the quality of life in old age.

The role of dental hygiene: a key to long-lasting oral health

Dental hygiene treatments are an indispensable part of a holistic approach to oral health, especially in old age. These treatments, often performed by qualified dental hygienists, go far beyond simple tooth brushing. They include professional dental cleaning, which removes tartar and plaque that have accumulated despite regular dental care at home. In addition, dental hygiene also includes checking the gums and the entire oral cavity to detect signs of gingivitis, periodontitis or other gum problems at an early stage.

State-of-the-art technologies and methods also include AIRFLOW and special tests to accurately assess the condition of the periodontium and oral mucosa. The results of these examinations can then be used as a basis for further dental measures, be it the adjustment of home dental care or further treatments.

Regular use of professional dental cleanings is therefore not only a preventive measure, but also an important diagnostic tool. It enables early detection and treatment of problems and thus contributes significantly to maintaining good oral health and quality of life for older adults.

The Interplay Between Oral Health and Overall Well-being

Maintaining good oral health is about more than just preventing dental caries and treating dental diseases; it's an integral part of your overall health care strategy. While poor oral health is not a direct cause of severe medical conditions, it has been associated with various health issues. For instance, some studies suggest a correlation between periodontal disease and heart disease, although the relationship is not yet fully understood. Similarly, while poor oral health is a risk factor for oral cancer, it's essential to consider other significant risk factors like tobacco and alcohol use. Missing teeth can make it challenging to maintain a balanced diet, potentially contributing to nutritional deficiencies. There's also emerging research linking poor oral health to Alzheimer's disease, although this is still an area of active study. Given these associations, caregivers and individuals alike should consider oral health care as a component of overall well-being, rather than an isolated concern.

Dental care at home: Your own teeth deserve the best care

There is no substitute for your own teeth, and caring for them starts at home. Daily dental care is the foundation for healthy teeth and a radiant smile, even in old age. Discolouration, tartar and plaque buildup can be avoided through consistent and thorough dental care. Not only brushing your teeth is important, but also flossing and using mouthwashes to keep the entire oral cavity clean.

Choosing the right toothbrush plays a crucial role. Electric toothbrushes are often more effective than traditional manual toothbrushes, especially when it comes to reaching hard-to-reach areas. They are also a good option for people with limited hand mobility. Additionally, we recommend soft toothbrushes as they are gentle on the gums and enamel, effectively removing plaque without causing irritation or damage to your oral tissues.

We highly recommend using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. A fluoride toothpaste also works to repair early stages of tooth decay and is an essential component for maintaining overall dental health

A Dry mouth is another problem that is more common with age. A dry mouth is not only unpleasant, but also a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Special mouthwashes or the ALPINE WHITE Gum Care Serum can help here and keep the oral mucosa moist.

Diet also plays an important role in dental care. Sugary and acidic foods should be avoided as they can attack tooth enamel and promote tooth decay. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals not only supports general health, but also oral health.

Your smile in old age: Trust in ALPINE WHITE

We hope this blog post has given you valuable insights into the importance of dental hygiene as we age. At ALPINE WHITE, we understand that a healthy smile is important at any age. That's why we use state-of-the-art technology and methods to provide you with the best oral care you deserve.

Our services go beyond simple whitening. We offer comprehensive oral healthcheckups and dental hygiene treatments tailored to the specific needs of older people. Our qualified dental hygienists use state-of-the-art technology to thoroughly examine your mouth and create personalised care plans.

At ALPINE WHITE, we also offer a range of products for at-home dental care. From special mouthwashes to our whitening strips and ALPINE WHITE Gum Care Serum, we have everything you need for a bright smile.

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