Older people urged to take care of their teeth and gums
Oral health is extremely important for everyone; however, research has shown that it is particularly important for older people.
Older people are at a higher risk of developing serious oral health conditions and studies have shown that many people over the age of 65 start to pay less attention to their oral health and stop visiting the dentist on a regular basis. Neglecting oral health in the short-term can cause more complex problems in the long-term, as existing conditions get worse and often require emergency treatment. Emergency dental treatment is more expensive and puts a strain on both dental and emergency medical services.
Many studies have now confirmed a link between the bacteria which cause oral health conditions, including gum disease and a number of serious medical health conditions. Poor oral health has been found to contribute to diabetes and an increased risk of strokes and cardiovascular disease.
Dr Lawrence Singer, of the Connecticut State Dental Association, said that many older people neglect their oral health at the very time they should be paying more attention to their teeth and gums. Dr Singer advises older patients to maintain their oral hygiene routine and arrange to see their dentist at last once a year. There are now many health and dental plans, which are targeted at older people and offer comprehensive cover for both NHS and private care.
Dental insurance plans can help to limit the cost of dental treatment, which can mount up if the patient requires a lot of work. Regular check-ups will ensure dentists can monitor the progression of existing conditions and treat them before they get any worse. Plans are available for a very small monthly payment and there is a range of different policies to suit everyone.Join this Discussion