Dental health is an essential aspect of overall health.
Aging teeth can become stained, broken and missing leading to a less than attractive smile. If you are insecure about your teeth, you may be less willing to smile and show your teeth. Being insecure about your teeth often leads to a decrease in your self-esteem.
The Ability to Chew and Swallow
Chewing and swallowing can be difficult for older patients for many reasons such as tooth decay, side effects from medication or cancer treatment, weakness following a stroke, decreased saliva with age and other health conditions. Those challenges can increase choking risk, cause nutrient deficiencies and weight loss which can impact overall health and quality of life. Luckily, there are many nourishing foods that are naturally soft and can be easily incorporated into everyday eating.
Some ideas include: oatmeal, applesauce, bananas, berries, avocado, cottage cheese, yogurt, cooked beans, and eggs.
Untreated dental problems can lead to severe pain and discomfort. In many cases, the pain can be so intense that it can affect other parts of the body. There are several reasons why dental pain may occur. Some common causes of tooth pain are cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to more severe problems such as abscesses and infections. It’s very important to seek treatment for dental issues as soon as possible to avoid complications. If you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s best to have a consultation at Dr Still’s office for professional advice and treatment options.