Total Health Dentistry for Seniors
As you get older it is important to take care of your mental health, which will take care of your gut health.
You may also have dentures or dental implants. These need to be checked by your dentist to ensure you are getting the most out of your mouth. If you take medication that makes your mouth dry or makes your gums grow, let us take a look. We can offer you great solutions.
A Guide to Total Digestion Success
Did you know that digestion starts in the mouth, not the stomach? Good health isn’t possible without good digestion. If we are missing teeth or have dentures, then you could be missing a vital step of digestion. When your gut health suffers, so does your mental health.
Focusing on nutrition is vital to the health of everyone, especially those who are in their senior years. By caring for your gut health, you are also protecting your mental health. With a healthier gut, you obtain a healthier bloodstream, which then prevents stress to the brain.
The Recipe for Total Gut Health Success
Broths and Stews
The addition of broths and stews will assist in both gut health and mental health for seniors. This power food will heal a leaky gut that many seniors may have from past antibiotics or other medication.
Fermented Vegetables and Pickles
This will help restore the healthy ecosystem in your intestines, in turn, reduces your body inflammation stemming from your gut. Your brain will appreciate the relief from this inflammation.
If your dentures are forcing you into limited nutrition, then your digestion, gut health, and consequently your mental health, will suffer. What type of dentures do you have? If you are experiencing issue like those in our list below, please contact our office for help.
Types of Dentures:
Dentures that are held in by muscles, saliva or denture glue can potentially be bad for your health. If this type of denture is cutting into your nutrition and your ability to chew, your gut and mental health could be suffering.
Dentures that are anchored to the jaw are implants placed where teeth used to be. If these dentures are not stable inside your mouth, you risk not being able to eat foods you may enjoy or solid foods in general.
The Importance of Saliva
Salivary flow is as important as the tide. It plays a vital role in maintaining and cleaning debris and buffering acids. It is the great protector. It is also important for non-anchored dentures as it holds and seals the dentures in.
How can you increase your saliva flow?
You can increase your saliva flow by drinking more water and adding electrolytes to your beverages.
More water absorption will encourage higher quantities of saliva and will also alter the composition of your saliva, which makes it more watery and less “ropey”.
By adding more electrolytes to your diet, you will find an increase in the amount of saliva and a better consistency.
How Sante Can Help
When you become a patient at Sante Family Dental, you become partners with us in your total health care.
Your natural teeth are the best teeth you’ll ever own, and your dentist will do his or her utmost to make sure that you don’t lose any.
Remember that you also have to do your part by brushing, flossing, and seeing us regularly. It’s not age, but neglect that causes teeth to deteriorate.
Prevention is the most important step you can take to preserve your oral health. So, visit your dentist regularly and follow these oral hygiene tips to maintain your healthy smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Sante Family Dental team is here to support you in whichever area you may be approaching in your Total Health Dentistry journey. We’ve assembled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions for senior whole-health and dental care.