Dental Care Tips for Seniors to Preserve Their Smiles

Maintaining Shining Smiles at Every Age

A bright, healthy smile is a joy at any age. But as we get older, our oral health needs a little extra TLC. Here at Today’s Dentistry serving the Ashland area, we want to help seniors keep their smiles healthy and strong. Dr. James Burneson shares essential dental care tips. To learn more, call (541) 482-7771.

The Importance of Dental Health for Seniors

Maintaining good dental health is crucial for everyone, but it becomes essential for seniors. Here’s why:

  • Overall Health: Your mouth is a gateway to your body. Poor oral health, like gum disease, can increase the risk of serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even stroke.
  • Nutrition: Healthy teeth and gums allow you to chew various nutritious foods. Missing teeth or painful dental problems can make it difficult to eat a balanced diet, leading to malnutrition.
  • Self-Esteem and Confidence: A healthy smile can boost your confidence and self-esteem. Conversely, dental problems can make you feel self-conscious and reluctant to socialize.
  • Speech and Communication: Healthy teeth are essential for clear speech. Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures can make it difficult to speak clearly.
  • Quality of Life: Overall oral health plays a significant role in your quality of life. Painful dental problems can disrupt your sleep, make eating difficult, and affect your ability to enjoy daily activities.

You can significantly improve your overall health and well-being as you age by prioritizing good dental hygiene and scheduling regular checkups.

Dental Hygiene Tips for Senior Smiles

Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine is vital for seniors. Here are some key tips:


Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Pay close attention to the gumline and the backs of your teeth. Consider using an electric toothbrush if dexterity is a concern.


Flossing daily removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth, where brushing can’t reach. If flossing is difficult, consider using a water flosser or other flossing aids.


Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which can contribute to tooth decay. Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium-rich foods like dairy products.


Staying hydrated keeps your mouth moist and reduces the risk of dry mouth, which can increase the risk of tooth decay. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Regular Checkups and Cleanings

Schedule dental checkups and cleanings at least twice a year. This allows your dentist to identify and address any potential problems early on. By trusting your smile to a dental professional, you can keep your senior smile healthy and strong for years to come.

Caring for Dentures and Other Dental Restorations

If you have dentures, implants, or other dental restorations, special care is necessary:

  • Denture Care: Clean your dentures daily according to your dentist’s instructions. Be sure to remove them at night to allow your gums to rest.
  • Implants: Brush and floss around implants just like you would natural teeth. Regular dental checkups are essential to ensure the health of the tissues surrounding implants.
  • Crowns and Bridges: Maintain good oral hygiene around crowns and bridges to prevent decay in the underlying tooth or supporting teeth.

Regular dental visits will allow your dentist to check the fit and condition of your dentures and other restorations and address any concerns you may have.

Keep Your Smile Looking and Feeling its Best With Dr. James Burneson 

If you haven’t found a dentist you feel comfortable with, look for someone who has experience treating seniors and understands their unique needs.

At Today’s Dentistry, we are committed to helping patients of all ages maintain healthy smiles. Contact us today at (541) 482-7771 to schedule an appointment. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile, and it’s never too late to take care of your teeth!

Today’s Dentistry

1530 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

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