In this video, Dr. William Park at Blessed Smile Dentistry presents dental health for seniors, and its connection to overall oral health.
For many adults, a healthy smile can feel like a thing of the past. Since the mouth is connected to the rest of the body, inflammation or infection in the mouth can affect your overall health.
Poor oral health can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and certain cancers, and can make diabetes worse. Oral health is linked to nutritional, emotional and social well being and overall quality of life.
Good dental health can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and nutritional deficits.
Dentistry has come a long way in recent years, which means that seniors can keep their natural teeth for a lot longer than they did in the past. However, older adults are at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities, which can affect oral health and overall quality of life. That's why it's important that you see a dentist regularly.
If it's been a while since you've seen a dentist, or if you are concerned about your dental health, contact us to set up a consultation with one of our trusted dentists.