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Dental Problems Faced by 55 Plus Seniors

As a senior, you may be at risk for a number of dental problems. These problems, most often, do not stem from lack of oral hygiene, but from other factors. Your dental problems are very different from the dental problems you would have experienced in the past. Therefore, it is recommended you visit a dentist at least, once every three months. Early diagnosis of the problem can ensure a quick recovery. Below are six dental problems you need to stay alert to in your senior years.

Gum Recession

This occurs when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away. This problem exposes more than normal amounts of the teeth, sometimes even the tooth’s root. Gums recede for a number of reasons. These are bacterial gum infections, aggressive brushing of teeth, insufficient dental care, genes, and grinding and clenching teeth, etc. Your dentist may be able to treat mild gum recession by deeply cleaning the affected area. However, you may require surgery if deep cleaning is not an option.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is a naturally occurring substance that helps us keep our mouths moist and also enable in the digestion process. Saliva also enables us to keep our mouths free of bacteria and fungi infections. Dry mouth occurs when there is insufficient saliva in the mouth. Most often, dry mouth is a side effect of a medication. Medication for pain, anxiety, allergies, urinary incontinence, Parkinson’s diseases, etc. cause dry mouth. Chemotherapy too causes dry mouth. Dry mouth increases the risk of developing cavities and gum disease, and also causes bad breath. If you think this condition is because of your medications, speak with your doctor about your concerns. If the doctor approves a change of medication, you can also consider an oral rinse which will help add moisture to your mouth.

Denture-Induced Stomatitis

This is a fungal infection of the oral mucosa, causing inflammation, in the area covered by a denture. This usually occurs if you wear ill-fitting, unclean dentures. Denture-induced stomatitis requires medical attention. Therefore, you should consult your dentist and rinse with a medicated mouthwash as per the dentist’s instructions. Keep in mind, you need to remove the dentures every night before you go to bed and clean your dentures thoroughly to avoid fungal build-up.

Periodontitis

This is commonly known as gum disease. This is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Most often, periodontitis is caused by poor oral hygiene which causes plaque build-up on the teeth. Scaling and root-planting can be considered to treat periodontitis and restore the teeth.

Seniors suffer from oral problems because of various factors that may not be related to poor oral hygiene. A weakened immune system, due to the aging process, increases the risk of various dental problems. In addition, brushing and flossing your teeth may be a challenging task, especially if you suffer from diseases such as arthritis.

If you have trouble brushing your teeth, consider the purchase of an electric toothbrush and a floss-holder. This will help you to maintain good oral hygiene in order to avoid dental problems, such as the above. Regular visits to your dentist too can help protect your mouth from diseases.

The Truth About Antioxidants for Aging Well

We are all aware of the benefits of antioxidants. These are substances that help the body defend itself against free radicals. Free radicals cause various diseases. Many experts believe antioxidants prevent atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries, cancer, and arthritis. Antioxidants increase immunity, which prevents free radicals from causing colds, flu, and various other infections. This connection between antioxidants and aging is a new discovery and awareness levels on these anti-aging properties of antioxidants are still at a low level.

Breat Cancer Awareness

Why Women Over 50 Should Worry About Breast Cancer

Women over 50 are at Higher Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

According to BreastCancer.org 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in the course of their lifetime. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2013 alone, there will be 232,340 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer forms in the tissues of breasts, usually the breast ducts and lobules. It develops as a malignant tumor that can grow and invade surrounding tissue. Did you know that this disease is not only specific to women; that men too, can get breast cancer?

Senior Dating

Are you Up for Dating after 50?

Dating in your 20s and 30s was complicated enough. Now, you may have to consider dating in your 50s. Does the idea give you goosebumps and a migraine? Fear not! It is not that difficult to date after 50 these days. And of course, let’s not forget the excitement, the chills and shivers, and happiness that comes with all the dating complications, when you find the right person to spend your time. There are many possible partners out there, doing the same thing as you; looking for some companionship in this later stage of life. However, being an empty nester reduces your chances of meeting possible dates through parental get-togethers. But, there’s good news! If you are living in a 55+ Active Adult Living community, there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and mingle with the same aged people, that you can meet new people. Or, you can try online dating.

Right Nutrition Will Take You a Long Way in the Path of Healthy Living

Nutrition can be described as food or nourishment required to keep an organism growing and healthy. People need a constant source of nutrition to keep themselves healthy. A nutritious food item has a rich amount of nutrients in comparison to foods filled with fats and sugar. Junk food is never the answer as it is filled with fats, sugars, and oil which if consumed too often will make you overweight and unhealthy.

Pickleball and How it Took Over Retirement Living

Many active adult communities are geared towards providing 55+ and over seniors the ability to enjoy their retirement life with various activities. These communities provide seniors various outdoor amenities that include tennis, swimming, bocce ball, golf and pickleball. If you are new to the retirement world, you would be wondering about “pickleball”. What exactly is this game? Well, stick around and we will tell you.

How to Ease Arthritis Pain, Naturally

Approximately one in five American adults is diagnosed with arthritis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states arthritis is one of the main causes of disability in American seniors. The CDC further estimates the number of people suffering from arthritis will rise to 67 million by 2030. This ailment can cause extreme discomfort and pain. There are several different types of arthritis and the cause depends on what type you are affected with. This condition which affects the joints occurs due to wear and tear of cartilage, lack of synovial fluid that nourishes the joints and cartilage, or due to infection, autoimmunity and a combination of many factors. Arthritis affects you in different ways. The severity and length of pain depend on the type you are affected with. However, pain is the main factor. So, what do you do? How can you overcome arthritis pain? Arthritis medication can be extremely costly. Therefore, you should consider a few natural remedies that may help overcome the pain.

Home Remedies for Senior Health

With the staggering health care costs and evidence of long term side effects of certain medications, the trend towards adopting natural home remedies is gaining more and more popularity these days.  These can be easily made at home with natural ingredients from your own backyard or grocery store.  Home remedies have been in use for hundreds of thousands of years.  There are a myriad of home remedies that have been known to cure various illnesses.  Below are four home remedies that are effective in helping with common ailments that afflict the elderly.