As we age, some health concerns demand our full attention, such as the importance of seniors’ oral health. Stories about regrowth of lost permanent teeth are appealing urban legends. Don’t count on a miraculous restoration of your pearly whytes. Your teeth are intended to last a lifetime when you get regular dental checkups and attend to proper home care.
Regardless of your age, it’s possible to keep teeth and gums healthy. Brush twice each day, use a fluoride toothpaste (unless your dentist advises otherwise), floss every day, and see your dentist at least twice each year for cleanings and checkups. If you have periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend more frequent or intensive dental cleanings. Take his or her advice to maintain your dental health.
Older people face a higher likelihood of some conditions or diseases that affect oral health. If you take medicines or manage a chronic health condition, your teeth and gums may be affected. Long-term wear and tear on your teeth may result in the need to wear dentures.
Take action now. Discuss how medicines you take for diabetes, heart disease, or cancer therapy can affect your teeth. With proactive planning, it’s possible to meet many dental care challenges you face in the senior years, including:
Tooth decay is more common on root surfaces in older people, so it’s essential to use a soft brush, use fluoridated toothpaste (unless your doctor indicates you shouldn’t), and see the dentist as often as he or she suggests.
Tooth sensitivity is common in the senior years. Gums are likely to recede and, in doing so, expose part of the tooth that aren’t protected by dental enamel. An exposed part of the tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids. In some cases, cold air may cause sensitivity in the teeth. See your dentist if you experience extreme sensitivity. You may have a fractured tooth or cracked enamel.
Dry mouth may result from a variety of medical conditions or from taking certain medicines. Since saliva protects oral health, a dry mouth may damage your teeth. Ask the dentist to recommend moisturizing products, treatments, and medicines to help restore a healthy level of saliva.
If your health changes between visits to the dentist, update the dentist about any health issues you face. For instance, if you have heart disease and the dentist needs to extract a tooth, you may need an antibiotic course before he or she schedules the extraction. It’s all about keeping you safe.
If you need dentures to chew, follow instructions about how to clean and care for them. Your dentist will need to check the fit of your dentures from time to time.
If you’re over the age of 40, see the dentist to monitor the condition of your gums. Several factors, including poor diet, oral hygiene, chronic or systemic disease (cancer, heart disease, or diabetes), stress, smoking, or medicines can affect the condition and health of your gums. If one or both of your parents had gum disease, you may be at higher risk for it. Your dentist may be able to help you to fight or reverse gum disease if it’s found at the gingivitis stage. See your doctor regularly to ensure detection of gum disease. Prevent gum disease by following the dental hygienist’s instructions about proper oral hygiene.
Lost teeth leave open spaces in the mouth. A crown helps you to protect a damaged tooth and restore its function. It’s a cover or a kind of cap to seal the inner tooth or, in some cases, it’s a way to improve the tooth’s alignment or appearance. A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. The bridge spans the space of the lost teeth. Your dentist may offer a permanent bridge that’s cemented to your natural teeth or recommend dental implants to maintain bone health.
In some cases, seniors benefit from orthodontics to straighten teeth that have shifted over time. Orthodontics can restore function and protect natural teeth from decay and crowding.
Back pain is a topic that many of us are very familiar with. Either we have experienced it ourselves, or we have heard our friends and family talk about it. When people do start experiencing back pain, some of them just assume that there is nothing they can do about it. They accept the years of pain without trying to find a solution. However, back pain does not have to be inevitable. Read on to find out more about keeping your spine protected as you age.
As we age, it is true that the discs in our backs will start to degenerate. There is not much that we can do to stop the natural processes of life. However, there are several ways that you can minimize this degeneration as much as possible. For instance, if you are overweight, or if you smoke, the process of disc degeneration will be accelerated. As well, if your daily activities are overly strenuous on your spine, this will not be beneficial to you.
Strengthening your core muscles is a method that you could start doing. Aerobics, bending forward, and bending backwards are common stretches that are used to improve posture. Be careful if you do not stretch regularly, because your body will not be used to it. Get into the habit slowly, and try something a little bit tougher each day. Eventually, your body will strengthen itself.
Mattresses have the ability to support your body as you sleep, and a change might be needed for you. More supportive mattresses are typically better quality, and therefore will be more expensive. However, your posture will improve after utilizing a supportive mattress. Overall, your spinal health can be at least somewhat corrected. If you are unsure about the correct mattress type for your specific needs, try consulting a specialist. Or you could ask your doctor about what they would recommend for you.
Lifting heavy objects can take a toll on your spine and posture. Typically, the rule of thumb is that you should avoid lifting objects that are more than 25% of your body weight. If you are required to lift repeatedly at work, try changing your job around. Money certainly is important, but it is not worth running your health over.
Just because you are getting older, does not mean that you need to give up on maintain your health. In fact, it is more important than ever to stay healthy as you enter your retirement. Then you will be able to enjoy your life, and spend time with friends, children and grandchildren. Slowing disc degeneration, doing stretches, buying a better mattress, and avoiding putting stress on your spine are good methods that you can try out. Maybe one method will work for you while the others do not. This is why it is important to keep trying, in the hopes of finding a way of keeping your spine healthy.
Getting old is often associated with misery. But the truth is, you never know just how great ageing is until you age. Being in my fifties, I can truthfully tell you that life gets better with age. Here are some awesome things about ageing that you probably didn’t know.
You probably have heard that you people get wiser with age. Well, this is very true. As you grow older so does your cognitive ability. Perhaps, because of past experiences which helps you to easily create connections between various situations. Therefore, you will notice that you get better at making decisions and solving problems as you grow older. This is one of the reason that you will find people trusting aged guys to lead them, in politics and even in the corporate world.
People tend to be happier in their old age. Why you ask? As you get older, your coping ability grows with you. Therefore, you will have less negativity towards life and various situations. Another reason why we older folks are happier is because of increased self-esteem. Past your middle age, you will not give a hoot about looking like a model. At this point, you are just comfortable with being you. This is one key to being happier.
After you reach your fifties you start appreciating yourself as you are. Spending all those years trying to be something else has probably worn you out and at this point you just want to relax and be comfortable in your skin. This is followed by less effort to look like someone else, thus, your stress levels go under.
When you hit your fifties, you will notice that there are more inlets bringing you more and more ways of saving you money. First, you are guaranteed of a minimum income even when you are not working. Also, with Medicare and Medicaid, you are guaranteed of a health insurance that significantly reduces your medical costs. Also, at this point you will find more people, especially family willing to support you, if not financially, in terms of service.
We older folks tend to make better choices than we would when we were younger. You will find that we attribute somethings, like spending time with family, with more significance than others. This comes after years of lessons and learning to identify and appreciate what matters most in our life. Also, you will notice that as an older folk, you pay more attention to the good rather than to the bad.
Getting old doesn’t mean that your life automatically starts to sulk or your face gets saggy. If you are eating right and exercising you might stay unbelievably young while enjoying the awesomeness of old age. If you live to your fifties and more, you will consider these as your peak years. So, worry no more about getting older (gerascophobia), for it only gets better.