Most parents realize the importance of protecting their kids’ smiles, and therefore take them for regular dental appointments to receive the preventive care they need, like checkups and exams. Unfortunately, a recent study conducted by NPR indicated that many senior adults are not getting the care their smiles need in order to prevent common problems like cavities and even gum disease. If you are concerned about your parents’ health, it is wise to talk to them about the importance of preventive dental care, and to make sure they are actually taking the steps necessary to protect their own smiles from oral health threats.

Senior Dental Care Is Incredibly Important

The recent NPR study suggested that since many adults do not receive preventive dental care as part of Medicare, they may overlook preventive appointments in an effort to save money, or because they simply cannot afford it. They may even postpone restorative treatment, which can lead to worsening problems. In the case of cavities, for instance, the decay can progress to the point of infection and even the need for an extraction.

While good dental hygiene and a healthy diet can serve to help protect a smile, these habits are no substitute for routine preventive care including exams and cleanings. That is because tartar buildup can only be removed through professional cleanings, which is why dentists recommend visiting frequently in order to have the teeth cleaned.

Make Sure They’re Preventing Dental Problems

If you have aging parents, it is important to talk to them about their oral health, and to do what you can to ensure they make preventive appointments a priority. It can also be helpful to remind them that if they have not seen the dentist in the last six months, they are already overdue for a dental checkup and cleaning, and that prompt restorative action is needed when teeth become damaged.

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