Today is the day we celebrate those friends and family members who are wise, beloved and over 65. That’s right, it’s National Senior Citizens’ Day and maybe you’re wondering how you should celebrate? Of course, reaching out to those important people in your life is a great way to celebrate this holiday, maybe you could go out of your way to go grocery shopping for them, tidy their yard or take a walk down memory lane with a family photo album. Or you could talk to them about their dental health. Presuming you’re younger, there is a lot you could learn about what to expect from your teeth and gums in your golden years!
Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 adults over the age of 65 will have total tooth loss? And those numbers double after age 75! Of course, there are exceptions to every rule but there is a very good chance that in your lifetime if you are fortunate enough to have a long and healthy life you might experience tooth loss yourself.
As our bodies age, however, so does our teeth and gums and perhaps even our ability to care for ourselves with the energy and consistency we had in our youth or young adult years. Age alone will not determine your oral health, but if you have limited mobility in your arms, say, how would you properly brush your teeth?
Preventative care in our younger years is the best defense against these problems but other external factors can also influence our oral health like medications or physical conditions like arthritis. Regardless of age, the best steps for preventing tooth loss is proper care each day and regularity with your hygiene and dentist appointments. So call up someone over 65 today, wish them a happy National Senior Citizens’ Day and ask them what, if anything, you can do to help them out!