6 Essential Dental Care Tips for Seniors

Our bodies undergo various natural changes as we age, and our oral health is no exception. Like any other age group, seniors deserve to enjoy a healthy, confident smile reflecting their overall well-being. How does our mouth change as we age, and how might that affect how we care for our teeth?


Oral health changes in our older years are often marked by reduced saliva production, dry mouth, and increased susceptibility to certain dental conditions. These changes make it essential for seniors to prioritize their daily oral hygiene and schedule regular dental check-ups to prevent complications.

  1. Brushing and Flossing

Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular dental care is essential for overall health benefits. Regular brushing and flossing removes bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. Gum disease left untreated can progress into periodontal disease, a systemic disease connected to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

Seniors should brush their teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Gentle brushing for two minutes removes plaque and food particles, promoting healthier gums and teeth. Once daily flossing removes stuck food particles between teeth.

If dexterity is an issue, floss picks or interdental brushes can be useful alternatives. Water flossers are another option and may be easier to use for seniors with arthritis or other physical challenges.

  1. Combatting Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is common among seniors, leading to various dental problems. Saliva helps neutralize acids and keeps the mouth clean. Addressing dry mouth is important and easy:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco: Both substances can contribute to dry mouth, so it’s best to avoid them.
  • Sugar-Free Gum or Lozenges: Chewing sugar-free gum or using sugar-free lozenges can stimulate saliva production and relieve dry mouth.
  • Using a humidifier adds moisture back into the air, and while we understand the joy of morning coffee, limit caffeinated drinks, including coffee and tea, which can contribute to dry mouth.


  1. Regular Dental Visits

Seniors should see their dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings, address potential issues before they escalate. The dental hygienist will also guide proper oral care routines and recommend specialized products, if necessary.

  1. Denture Care

For seniors who wear dentures, proper care and maintenance are essential. Clean dentures daily using a denture brush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Removing dentures at night is vital to allow the gums to rest. Even if you wear dentures, you still need to visit your dentist regularly to ensure a proper fit and to inspect the health of your mouth below the gumline.

  1. Nutritional Choices for Dental Health

A balanced diet plays a significant role in maintaining strong teeth and gums. Aim for foods rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy products. Limit sugary snacks to prevent tooth decay.

  1. Addressing Special Needs

Mobility issues or cognitive decline can impact oral health as well. Imperial Dental Center has taken extra steps to accommodate our older patients’ physical and emotional needs. Caregivers and family members are welcome to attend appointments to provide comfort and to learn how to support oral hygiene practices at home.

As we embrace the golden years, prioritizing dental care is necessary. Contact us at (281) 265-3567 or schedule an online appointment. A beautiful smile knows no age, and with proper care, seniors can continue to shine brightly through every chapter of their lives.


Dr. Dragana Angelova
Imperial Dental Center
“We love to see you smile”