When the tooth is weakened or lost, the elderly will eat less, digest harder, leading to lack of nutrition. Therefore, oral health care for the elderly is essential.
Whether or not the tooth loss, the elderly should also visit the periodically 3-6 months for the early detection and treatment of pathologies.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are natural source of vitamin for the body, and particularly for teeth and gum; They also work to clean teeth after eating. Elderly people often eat less with many light meals. After each meal, rinse the mouth and comb the teeth right away to prevent the development of bacteria that destroy tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay or secretory toxins causing periodontal disease.
Prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay
Bacterial plaque (a place where the accumulation of food, bacteria,…) is the cause of the periodontal disease and tooth decay. Without tooth brushing, the plaque thickens and is calcified into tooth lime, plaque and tooth lime continues to be where plaque and bacteria accumulate causing gingivitis.
The first symptom of periodontal disease is the calcilities, irritation that causes gingivitis: swollen gums, redness and ease of bleeding when chewing or combing teeth. If the gingivitis is not treated, gradually the tissues surrounding the root tooth (such as gums, bones, enamel-root, ligaments) have to be destroyed. Teeth that are not firmly rooted should be slowly wobbly and sparse; Patients will have manifestations such as swelling of the gums, purulent vesicles that contain many bacteria, foul mouth. For prevention of periodontal disease, it is necessary to keep oral hygiene, eat more vegetables, fruit to replenish vitamins and fiber.
Despite any reason of teeth loss, the elderly should also visit the dentist to check and restore the tooth after that 1 month. If the problem is not solved for long days, the tooth will be deflected, which loses the gap of the lost tooth, at the same time disturb the bite joint, difficult to brush the teeth and continue causing periodontal disease and tooth decay.