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Tips for dental care when dealing with dexterity problems. 


There are many seniors that suffer from arthritis or have other dexterity problems, making it difficult for them to brush and floss their teeth and maintain good dental care habits.  Here are some tips that may help:  

1) Use a wide elastic band to attach the toothbrush handle to the hand.  
2) Enlarge the toothbrush handle with a piece of wood or plastic.  
3) Use an electric toothbrush.  
4) Tie the ends of floss together, making a circle before flossing or use a floss holder.

Posted on 02/06/23 | by carol | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – February is Children’s Dental Health Month


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, bringing thousands of dedicated health care providers and educators together to spread the word on the importance of good oral health to children, their caregivers, and teachers. Since 1941, Children’s Dental Health Month has grown from a single day to a whole month celebrating healthier smiles without tooth decay – the most common chronic health condition for children in the U.S., according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Posted on 02/02/23 | by admin | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Periodontal Disease 


According to research, three out of four adults will experience gum (periodontal) disease at some time in their life. However, gum disease can often be prevented or treated in its early stages.  

Severe periodontal disease causes damage to the gums, bone and other structures that support the teeth. Regular dental checkups along with brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily, are the best ways of preventing costly dental problems.

Posted on 01/28/23 | by carol | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Oral Cancer in Seniors


According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, on average, 318 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and 72 deaths occur each year in Colorado. Which shows just how important it is to have regular dental checkup, dentists can examine oral tissues for cancerous or per-cancerous lesions. As with all cancers, early detection is key to survival

Posted on 01/24/23 | by admin | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – As people age, subtle changes occur in the mouth. 


Many seniors suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition that occurs when the salivary glands do not provide enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. Dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, increased rates of gum disease, burning mouth syndrome, and trouble speaking, swallowing and tasting food.  

Often times dry mouth is caused by the prescription drugs seniors are taking. More than 400 drugs, many popular with seniors, can interfere with good dental health. Seniors should let a dental professional know what medications they are taking

Posted on 01/21/23 | by carol | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Seniors are Staying Healthy


Staying healthy and looking good is important to todays’ seniors. Therefore many more seniors are exercising and eating right. Equally important however is having  good oral care of teeth and gums. Simply by brushing twice a day with fluoride,  toothpaste and flossing daily seniors can avoid many oral health problems. Regular dental checkups and having their teeth professionally cleaned are also important.

Posted on 01/18/23 | by carol | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Sealants Make Sense


Research on sealants shows an 80 percent reduction in the risk of decay when adding this to a comprehensive dental health routine as recommended by the ADA. Dental sealants – a thin, nontoxic protective coating painted on the surface of teeth – are typically applied for children and teens once permanent molars have emerged, between 6 and 14 years of age. Dental sealants help keep cavities from forming but do not replace regular brushing and flossing.

Posted on 01/16/23 | by carol | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Seniors and Flossing 


Question: Do Seniors need to brush and floss more frequently?

Answer: Although it is important for senior to keep maintaining good oral health habits because they are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. However dental habits do not change just because of your age.  Seniors still need to floss daily and brush their teeth at least twice a day. 

If you have arthritis or other condition that limits movement, try an electric toothbrush. Be sure to clean between teeth daily with floss. If floss is too difficult to work with, try a floss pick or tiny brushes made specifically to clean between teeth.  Seeing a dentist regularly is very important to maintain your dental health and catch any minor dental issues before they turn into larger ones. 

Posted on 01/13/23 | by carol | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Eating a balanced diet is good for your teeth.


Snacking on sweets too often without brushing increases the acid in your mouth, giving you a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Munch on vegetables fruit and cheese instead.

Posted on 01/09/23 | by carol | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Be Kind to Your Teeth


Think twice before using your teeth as tools. Many people get into a bad habit of opening a stubborn chip bag or holding objects in their mouth however doing so can  cause chipped or cracked teeth. You do not live in the Stone Age, so there is really no excuse to use your teeth to open a bottle of beer, the bottle opener was made for that. Tools are easier to replace than your teeth, which were really meant to last you a lifetime.

Posted on 01/06/23 | by admin | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Understanding the Consequences Of Bad Oral Habits


It is important to have good oral habits, therefore it is important to understand the consequences of having bad oral habits. Having bad oral habits can lead to bad oral hygiene over time, causing bad breath, tooth discoloration, red, swollen gums, cavities, gum disease and ultimately, tooth loss. It can affect not just your oral health, but also the following:   

1) Bad oral heal can effect your chewing and speech. Dental decay will start to hurt if left untreated. Imagine grinding your food when your teeth are hurting.  Missing or broken teeth can effect the way you talk. Imagine say F and Th with out healthy front teeth.   

2) Self-esteem. Now we can not speak for everyone, but having swollen gums, bad breath and stained teeth or no teeth, can indeed put a damper on ones confidence.

3) Budget/Finances:  Delaying needed dental treatment by not visiting the dentist regularly can cause more harm than good, even to your wallet. When you defer your dental treatments small dental issues that may have been address early on goes untreated and turn into larger more cost dental problems.   

4) Overall Health. Many research studies has shown that gum disease is linked with health problems including heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and other systemic diseases. Bad oral health is also shown to increase the risk of pre-term delivery and low-birth-weight infants.

Posted on 01/03/23 | by admin | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Having Bad Oral Habits


Did you know that the little things you do or do not do on a day to day basis affect your oral and dental health and may fall under a list of bad oral habits? These include not brushing or flossing enough, eating too many sweets too often, or even using your teeth to open a bag of chips.

Posted on 12/31/22 | by admin | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

Dental Benefit – Unmet Dental Care


When people are unable to access dental care, it can affect their ability to stay healthy, secure employment and improve their families’ economic success. Oral health may not be top of mind for many people, but it should be front and center. Oral health is an integral piece for good over all health

Posted on 12/29/22 | by admin | in Dental Benefits | No Comments »

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