Oral Health Connected to Overall Health for Older Adults

Over the past six decades, more and older adults have retained their natural teeth. Tooth loss has gradually declined. Missing teeth can lead to bone loss, sunken facial features, and embarrassment. With a greater awareness and appreciation for dental hygiene habits, more elderly adults retain their teeth and are able to eat, speak, and feel healthy well in their later years. Your Mansfield dentists Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris provide care for patients of all ages, and they discuss the importance of good, regular dental hygiene.

Why Take Care of Our Teeth?

Research has demonstrated that oral health problems such as gum disease are associated with various medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and pneumonia in older adults. Scientists are conducting more research to examine this relationship. In fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with periodontal disease (gum disease) are at a much higher risk for developing coronary artery disease. Other researchers discovered that if a patient suffered from oral health problems such as gum disease, cavities, or missing teeth, these oral issues were reliable indicators that the patient also possessed heart disease

Dental Hygiene Saves Money and Headaches

Heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, and stroke can be extremely expensive and dangerous conditions to deal with if you are an older adult. It is a far better use of your time and money to buy a toothbrush and floss and allot some time to brush twice daily and floss at least once daily. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris also follow the American Dental Association’s guidelines that patients should obtain dental check ups and cleanings every six months. These appointments allow Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris to monitor your teeth for cavities or gum disease as well as to provide a professional dental cleaning. Your dentists also believe in the importance of a healthy, well-balanced diet.

About Your Mansfield Dentists

Mansfield Dental Associates rely upon their years of experience, training, and cutting-edge technology to offer patients expert dental care at each and every visit. They listen to each patient’s concerns and offer gentle, informative guidance about future treatments. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call (817) 473-6227. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris proudly treat patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.