Seniors and Oral Health | Dr. Jeffery Korkus

As time passes, your teeth require ongoing care to remain strong and healthy. Seniors, in particular, face an increased risk of periodontal disease, making regular dental check-ups essential. Alongside routine examinations, here are some key tips for maintaining optimal oral health as you age.

Establish a Daily Routine
Regardless of age, maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine is paramount. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once a day to remove plaque and prevent decay. If you wear dentures, ensure they are removed for at least four hours each day, preferably overnight. Remember to clean your dentures daily to prevent bacterial buildup. Additionally, staying hydrated by drinking water promotes saliva production, which aids in enamel protection. Make regular visits to our office part of your oral care routine to address any concerns promptly.

Guidance for Caregivers
Caring for the oral health of elderly individuals can pose challenges for caregivers. Establishing a regular brushing and flossing schedule is crucial. Assist them in setting specific times for oral care and accompany them to dental appointments. If maintaining daily dental hygiene becomes overwhelming, reach out to our office for guidance and support.

Explore Financial Assistance Options
Seniors residing in nursing homes may qualify for financial assistance through state or national programs, such as the Incurred Medical Expense regulation by the American Dental Association (ADA). This program helps cover necessary dental treatments for eligible individuals. If our dentist recommends treatment, consider exploring these options to alleviate financial burdens. Consult your nursing home or care facility’s caseworker for further details.

Prioritize Gum Health
Periodontal disease, often triggered by certain medications, can lead to serious oral health issues. Be proactive in updating our office about any changes to your medication regimen. Early-stage gum disease may not cause pain, underscoring the importance of regular dental check-ups. According to the ADA, over 47% of adults over 30 experience chronic periodontitis, highlighting the need for vigilant gum care.

Maintaining optimal oral health as you age requires commitment to a daily routine and regular dental visits. Whether you’re a senior or a caregiver, don’t overlook the importance of oral hygiene. For additional tips on preserving your dental health or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Jeffery Korkus at Gleam Dental Studio, please reach out to our office. We’re here to support your journey to a healthy smile.

Gleam Dental Studio
Phone: (312) 291-9490
669 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642