Facts about Dental Exam for Senior People and Phoenix Assisted Living Care

06 Dec 2018

Diet and regular physical activity play a huge role in keeping our body healthy, but you should know that a healthy mouth is as much important as a healthy body. Poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes which can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being. Oral disease, like any other disease needs to be taken seriously and treated. As per research, there is a link between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies.

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One should make sure to go for oral health check-ups to a dentist on a regular basis. Dental checkups become all the more important as one gets older as one may have dentures or dental implants. These dentures and implants need to be checked by your dentist.

A dental exam mainly includes some of these procedures:

  1. Health History
  2. Examination and Treatment
  3. Cleaning
  4. Advice
  5. Maintenance

Health History– You need to talk freely with your dentist with regards to whether you smoke, any health problem or medical condition you are being treated for, any allergies that you may have, any dental or mouth problems you have, stress in your life which can have a negative impact on your oral health and so forth.

Examination– Dental exam is integral for everyone where a dentist will look for gum disease, cavities, loose fillings, broken teeth, infection, cancer and signs of other problems that could affect your general health. Many small problems can be caught and treated as well.

Cleaning– This is the first part which involves the dentist scraping away tartar that could cause gum disease. Then, a member of the dental team polishes your teeth.

Maintenance– A dental exam gives the opportunity to ask your dentist to make sure your bridge, denture, or implant is in good shape.

Regular preventive dental care and maintenance are always less expensive than dental exams and treatments which includes:

  1. Keep the mouth clean through regular brushing and flossing.
  2. Eat a well-balanced diet and limit foods and beverages containing sugar or carbohydrates. Good nutrition helps build strong teeth and gums.
  3. Check your mouth regularly to look for signs of gum disease or oral cancer.
  4. Go for regular dental checkups.
  5. Quit smoking or chewing tobacco which causes oral cancer, heart disease, gum disease, and a variety of other cancers.
  6. Find a qualified dentist, do not wait for a toothache or a dental emergency to take place.

Gum Disease symptoms:

  1. Red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums
  2. Bleeding when you brush or floss
  3. Bad breath that won’t go away

Oral Cancer Signs:

  1. Bleeding or open sores that don’t heal
  2. White or red patches
  3. Numbness or tingling
  4. Small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of your tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks, or on your gums

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