According The American Dental Association older adults are at greater risk for oral health problems. Many older adults are finding it hard to brush twice daily as well as keep up with their routine visits to the dentist . This is a problem because dental caries, gum disease, and oral cancer are common among older adults. The notion that only kids get cavities is not true . In actuality tooth decay is more prevalent among older adults. Prevention magazine lists the following things adults need to know about their oral health; research suggests oral health is linked to heart disease, avoiding dry mouth is important, a fluoride toothpaste and rinse help protect teeth ,and regular dental visits help in detecting any dental issues early . Seniors having trouble brushing their teeth due to osteoporosis or arthritis would benefit greatly from using an electric toothbrush.
The Academy of General Dentistry reports school lunches and snacks are not nutritious for our children’s teeth. Research has shown an increase in the intake of sugar among school age children thus putting them at a greater risk for tooth decay. Researchers tracked and monitored the teeth of preschool children before and after school. The results showed that 59 percent of the children who had eaten sugar four or more times a day or ate two or more snacks between meals at age 5, increased to 83 percent at age 6; a 24-percent increase. With that, the study found an increase in the number of decayed and missing teeth. It is very important to monitor your child’s eating habits! Help your child avoid candy, soda, caramels, and other foods that contain refined sugar. Eating meals and snacks full of fresh fruits and vegetables will not only help your child maintain a healthy diet but also will help ensure good oral health!