Senior Fitness Mythes Debunked

Adjusting Your Fitness to Aging: Myth that should be debunked

The idea of fitness changes with the growth of age. There are several misconceptions that are developed in every culture and due to these misconceptions, there are chances that the old people avoid doing things that are beneficial for them. When it comes to the maintenance of old age health, there are several benefits that can be attained with exercise. Fitness routine can change but it should not get eliminated from the daily routine. Here are some myths about the old age fitness that needs to be debunked:

1.    I am too old to start exercising:

This is one of the most common concerns of almost every old age person. Age does not matter when it comes to fitness. This is a myth that is created due to several unpleasant incidents. However, the truth is, no age is inappropriate to get fit again. There is always a possibility to improve the health. The type of exercise can change but not doing it at all should not be an option.

2.    My heart does not have the capacity to bear this:

Again a myth that should be debunked. There is no relationship between the capacity of the heart and fitness exercises. If you are one of those who is facing some issues of the heart, you can just go for the moves that are simple and the moves that do not require much physical activity. However, getting fit is not related to the health of the heart. In fact, it can be quite beneficial for the health of the heart.

3.    I cannot do it like I used to:

This is something that needs to be accepted. There are certain things that can be done only at a specified age. You cannot expect to have the same energy level at old age. You need to let go the past. Every age has its own beauties so it is better to appreciate those instead of contently thinking about the future. Getting fit is not about running at the same speed you used to do when you were in college. It is about how much you are doing as compared to your age fellows.

4.    Stretching can be done only a few days in a week:

Previously, it was believed that stretching at old age can be quite harmful. However, the detailed researches conducted on that point clearly indicates that there are no harmful effects on getting involved in the stretching exercises or fitness routines. However, it must be noted that the routine will be different for every age group. The flexibility in a person is an indication of lean body mass. It is always best to maintain it.

 

These are the myths that need to be debunked when it comes to the health maintenance and fitness of old age. Without even thinking about the limitations, it is best to do whatever it takes to live a healthy life.

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Brain Health

TIPS FOR KEEPING THE BRAIN HEALTHY

Our brain function doesn’t have to fade simply because we are growing older. A lot of people go about taking care of their physical health, lifting weight and going through with other exercises but fail to think about the health of their brain. This is something everyone should do. We all need to take care of our brain as it serves a very important role in our daily lives; from playing to learning, to working, aptitude, memory, and personality, the brain does a very important job in our lives.

While the brain serves as one of the most vital organs a human body is equipped with, it is also the most mysterious. There are a lot of things about the brain that are yet to be uncovered by scientists including why some people can remember their first pet at the age of 100, while some develop brain decline in their 50s. But according to researches, taking care of our brain can help it remain sharp as stack and this can be done with just a few lifestyle choices. Having a healthy brain is very essential for everybody. Below are some amazing tips that can help us keep our brain healthy;

TREAT YOUR BRAIN LIKE YOU TREAT YOUR HEART

The heart is one major organ that a lot of us look well after. The heart gets its disease when the arteries that provides it with blood are occluded. In other words, this means that heart diseases come up when the heart doesn’t get enough nutrients. This same logic applies to our brain. If the arteries that supply blood to the brain are clogged and therefore do not provide the brain with the nutrients it requires, the health and function of the brain will be compromised leading to brain diseases. You should ensure that you have your cholesterol levels checked, increase your intake of unsaturated fat and decrease your intake of saturated fat.

INTERACT AND BOND WITH OTHERS

One of the things that highly engages our brain is socializing. Social settings help us use our brain quite well. When we go out to meet people, we read facial expressions, we read body languages, practice empathy for others and understand social context; all of these involves using our brain. Additionally, when we interact with others, we tend to get more positive emotions which in turn provides the brain with chemicals that ensures that the brain remains healthy.

MOVE YOUR BODY

That’s right, exercise keeps our arteries healthy and also affects the brain tissue in a positive way. As we go older, our brains have the tendency to shrink, but people who exercise regularly do not experience this. Why, you might ask? The answer is simple; when you exercise, the number of connection in the brain is increased, and the more connections the brain has, the more memory storage capacity it will have to save information. Exercising also triggers the brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), which helps the neurons to remain healthy while keeping them away from dying.

Overcoming Stress

The Best Action Plan To Overcome Stress, According To Experts

If there is one way to best define dealing with stress, it has to be breathing in and out. And that is actually the best way to overcome stress and de-focus yourself from it – according to many experts.

However, breathing in and out may only help temporarily. There are tons of people who find it hard to actually get rid of stress, and feel captured by it in their subconscious mind. So, how to best overcome stress?

We are sharing a list of tips for effective stress management below:

Identify the source

What is it that makes you stressful? Is it a recent event, a loss of a loved one, too many tasks to deal with or your procrastination?

You should at first learn to identify the source of stress and focus on your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contribute to your everyday stress levels. The best way to define your true source of stress is by looking on your habits, attitude and excuses and accept the responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it.

Replace Your Unhealthy Coping Strategies With Effective Stress Management Techniques

After you know the source of stress, you should try and think about the ways to currently manage and cope with it. A stress journal can help you a lot in that matter and help you see how healthy or unhealthy your coping strategies are.

For example, the unhealthy ways of coping with stress include smoking, using pills or drugs to relax, drinking too much, withdrawing from friends, bingeing on junk or comfort food, procrastinating, sleeping too much or zoning out for hours looking at your phone.

Get Moving

Try to replace the above mentioned ineffective techniques with ones that contribute to your greater emotional and physical health to feel calm and in control. For example, you can try:

Exercising

  • Hiking
  • talking to people you trust
  • Walking or cycling to the grocery store
  • Parking your car to the farthest spot and walking
  • Pairing up with an exercise partner and encouraging yourself working out
  • Playing ping-pong or other fun activity-based games with your kids etc.

As you can see, the general idea is to connect with others but also connect with yourself in a way that is not hurting or zoning you away. Instead, in a way that is actively helping you boost the positive hormones and bring energy to your mood.

senior exercise

5 Easy Ways To Get Exercise As You Age – Only 10 Minutes A Day

Let’s face it – there are so many reasons that tend to slow us down as we age. Many seniors find it hard to exercise because of their health problems, weight or pain issues or worries about failing.

The truth is, as people grow older their active lifestyle becomes compromised. However, being active as you age is incredibly important. Getting moving can boost your energy, maintain your independence and even protect your heart while eliminating the symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise is also great for slimming down but also improving your mental memory and gaining your confidence.

Below, we are listing some easy ways for seniors to get fit in just 10 minutes of exercise per day.

Around the house exercises – Picking your morning newspaper doesn’t have to end at your patio. You can take some time to read it while walking up the street and stretch. Same goes for your car trips to the local store, that can easily be swapped with fast walking or jogging.

Exercise while you cook – If you are cooking dinner, you have the perfect surroundings to do standing push-ups while waiting for your pot to boil. You only need to stand about an arm’s length from your kitchen counter and push your arms against it – pushing in and out to get your arms and shoulders toned.

Shoot baskets with your kid – Kids love basketball, and installing a mini basketball court on your garage can be a great way to loosen up during the week and spend some quality time with your loved ones. If you don’t have a yard – the nearest basketball court will do just fine.

Get going while waiting – Are you waiting for your child, nephew or grandchild from school? If you have time, walk around the block several times or around the field while they are playing soccer. The cardio exercise will definitely help you.

When you are watching TV – We all know that watching TV triggers the lazy one in us. However, it does not have to be like that. You can jog in place during commercials or do leg exercises and lifts with small weights while you watch your favorite news channel.

So, have you figured out your exercise yet?

Pack your sneakers, gear up and start improving your health day after day.

And the best part?

You will start feeling the positive energy day by day!

thinking about respite care

Types and things to consider about respite care

Caring for an elderly is a difficult task which is why you need some professional help for that. The respite care is basically a term that is used for having a short term professional support for the care of an elderly. That professional care giver will help you in your family in the caring process and provides you with the opportunity to complete your other tasks. It can also be provided by a family member or a friend.

Things to consider before hiring a respite care:

The time duration for which you can have the respite care depends on your need. You can get it for few hours or for few days. However, you need to make sure that the person you are selecting for these services is eligible for this. Moreover, it can also happen in your house or at some guest house when you are on a trip. There are some important points that should be considered if you are deciding to get the respite care.

1.      Consult your elderly loved one:

As you are doing this for the sake of your loved one, you need to consult them too in the process. It is better if you ask for their consent before hiring a person. As they will be the one who will spend the time with the care giver. If the person is of their choice, they will be able to spend time comfortably.

2.      Consider your needs:

The next important point which should be considered is your needs. Every family has their own rules and their own values that should be considered before entering another person in the circle. This will also include the extent of expertise you require in the care giver. In severe cases, you have to consider a person who has a professional training regarding this.

3.      Know the person you are hiring:

It is important to have a proper conversation with the person you are hiring for the respite care of an elderly. If necessary, conduct an in-depth interview so that all points can be cleared out. Make sure you effectively communicate all your needs and wants to the other person. Also, listen to their requirements as well.

Types of respite care facilities:

There are different types of respite care facilities you can have for your loved ones. The major types include the following:

·        In-home respite care: The first type of respite care is the one that you get for your home. It will be hired for few hours to few days.

·        Centre-based care: This type of care involves a day that is spent in a club or a day care center where your loved ones can have interesting activities.

·        Community-based care: This type of care allows you to have an interaction with the people of the community hence providing a great social experience.

Before you decide for getting respite care, make sure the person fulfills your criteria and understand your needs.

seniors staying active

Why staying busy is essential for better health in seniors?

Old age is associated with a lot of things. Most people believe that is the down fall of the life. This assumption needs to be corrected. Being old is fun if you get involved the age-appropriate activities. Life does not end with old age, it just enters into a new phase of life which should be lived to its fullest. Seniors mostly like to get involved in different activities to pass their time in an effective way. Remaining busy or following a proper schedule is essential for the seniors due to a lot of reasons that mainly includes health benefits:

Health benefits of remaining busy:

If the seniors are involved in proper activities, they can get the following benefits:

·        Increased immunity: The first and the most important benefit of getting involved in the favorite hobbies include the improvement of the immunity system. Physical activities help older people to maintain a proper control against some of the chronic illnesses. Moreover, hobbies will also improve the overall quality of life that reduces the chances of diseases.

·        Improvement of memory: When a person is involved in their favorite activity on daily basis, they tend to put in some effort which is why their memory remains sharp. There are some hobbies that will eventually increase the ability to remember things in the elders.

·        Reduction of stress: Old age is associated with a lot of things that can cause extreme stress. If the seniors are not provided with any kind of activity, they will sit and think about the negative things that happened in their lives. As a result, they will remain depressed. Activities, on the other hand, does not provide time to remember the stress-full events of life.

·        Improvement in flexibility: Another great health benefit of getting involved in different activities is the improvement in the flexibility. Activities will allow the person to move their body that will also provide them with the benefits of exercising. Activities like Yoga or playing different games is the best option that can be selected for the improvement of flexibility.

·        Improvement of self-esteem: The thought that they are able to perform the activities of life in a proper way is the best thing that can increase the self-esteem of a person. When it comes to old age, a general perception is that people are not able to perform certain activities which in return, lower the self-esteem level of the seniors.

·        Quality sleep: Having a busy day or following a proper schedule will help seniors to have a better good night sleep. Sleep issues are common in old age that can be sorted out with the help of different activities.

Old age can become a time period full of fun if proper facilities are provided to the people. Make sure you allow them to get involved in their favorite hobbies or activities.  

Dealing with dementia

Dealing with Dementia

A brief guide for sufferers and their caregivers

As science progresses, there is a lot that can be done to help manage the early stages of dementia. The aim of this blog is to provide some tips for the sufferer on maintaining their independence; as well as tips for family, friends and caregivers to cope with the responsibilities.

3 tips to help for dementia sufferers cope

Dementia is a horrible problem, so it’s no wonder that when people are diagnosed they experience a range of emotions from: fear, loneliness, denial, loss, frustration, anger and depression.

Here are 3 tips to help manage dementia in a way which benefits you and your family:

1.       Take care of your body

Exercise daily, take enough rest and watch what you eat. A good diet will benefit your oral and overall physical health.

2.       Regular medical check-ups

Make sure you schedule check-ups with a medical professional who has some expertise in dementia and related issues. If you do suffer depression, do not be embarrassed, seek treatment. Untreated depression has its own problems that could exacerbate dementia symptoms.

3.       If you have not yet retired, look for job opportunities

If you’re still working, try get yourself reassigned to a more manageable position or early retirement if you aren’t confident you can’t keep working.

Having dementia does not mean your life is over. It’s another chapter in your life; a more challenging chapter that you will need to think about and face head-on.

3 tips for the caregiver

While a dementia diagnosis is harder on the sufferer, it can pose challenges for the caregiver taking care of the patient. Caregivers and family members who take care of dementia suffers often are subject to extreme stress and feel alone having to deal with the unknown that is dementia’s effects on their loved one.

Here are 3 tips for the caregiver:

1.       Look after yourself

There is research which says dementia caregivers are at an increased risk of illness and depression. If you are a caregiver, you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself: get enough sleep, exercise, make sure you’re eating right and still socialising with friends and family.

2.       Learn as much as you can

Even though the symptoms come on gradually, when a diagnosis is given, things can change quickly. Study as much as you can about dementia, it’s symptoms, causes and how you can help a sufferer live as full a life as possible.

3.       They’re a still a person, not their disease

As a dementia sufferers understanding wanes it’s easy for them to become objects: things that need caring rather than the people they are. This is a sad reality for many dementia sufferers: all carers can do is understand as much as they can, and accept the dementia sufferer can do nothing about their deteriorating health.

Dealing with dementia

If you’re the sufferer, then you are dealing with dementia, and there is help available. If you are a caregiver, then you are helping a person. And that is how you should think about it. You should also remember that your health is important too.

seniors and bruising

Seniors and bruising: how to prevent it | Senior Care Story

5 tips for preventing seniors from bruising

The skin of an older person is more fragile, thinner, drier and a lot less elastic. Wounds don’t heal as fast as we age because the blood vessels beneath our skin’s surface become fragile.

Other causes for bruising in seniors include:

  • Medication
  • Health conditions
  • Diseases

5 tips for preventing seniors from bruising

You won’t be able to completely prevent seniors from bruising, but here are 5 things you can do:

  1. Be on the lookout for signs of abuse.

It is a sad state of affairs, but some nursing homes and assisted living facilities do have some record of former staff abusing residents. There have also been some cases of domestic abuse, however these are reported even less than incidences in assisted living facilities.

  1. Handrails can be installed in places like bathrooms and toilets for extra support.

Handrails are a great option for places like the bath, toilet, shower and any other place where it might be helpful. Providing that added bit of support helps them feel more confident and comfortable moving around.

  1. If your loved one is likely to fall help them with sitting and standing.

This is a simple one. If your loved needs a hand to sit down or get up from a chair, couch or bed: help them. Or, if necessary, hire a caregiver who can help them.

  1. Ensure there is a clear path, remove obstacles and furniture to reduce their chances of bumping into things or falling.

This is usually no problem at a nursing home or assisted living facility, but if an elderly person has decided to age in place, then it’s important to make sure the corridors between rooms are clear, and that no objects stick out anywhere where they might trip over or bump in to.

  1. If your loved one is unsteady on their feet, discuss a cane or walker with their doctor.

You might be asking, why not discuss it with your loved one? Well, sometimes this sort of information is better from a medical professional. And if a medical professional prescribes the need for a walking stick, then one can be acquired which will better suit your loved one and their medical needs.

Preventing seniors from bruising

For reasons of age, seniors will bruise more easily. However, there are things you can do to help them minimize the risks of becoming injured. From simple things like helping them up, or helping them into a seat, to having handrails installed and clearing corridors and entrances to rooms of any potential obstacles; preventing bruising isn’t a big effort.

If you are unsure about your loved one and their health, talk with them about it and talk with their doctor. It is possible you’ll get two different stories which will help you make your loved one’s life a little easier. And possibly reduce their risk of serious injury.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure in Seniors

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure in Seniors

And: a look at new research between blood pressure and mortality rates

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) increases the chances of having a stroke. Hypertension can also increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, among other health problems.

Some things you can do to lower high blood pressure:

  • Eat less salt
  • Exercise more
  • Stop smoking (if necessary)
  • Lose weight (if necessary)
  • Certain medications (if your blood pressure won’t lower naturally)

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure

There are three things you should know about a high blood pressure:

  1. High blood pressure is usually a chronic condition with few or no symptoms.
  2. If symptoms do occur, it’s usually when your blood pressure spikes. It usually does this so suddenly and extremely that it’s considered a medical emergency.
  3. Dizzy spells, headaches and nosebleeds are some of the rare symptoms.

High blood pressure (hypertension) has 2 major categories:

  1. Primary hypertension (also known as essential hypertension): this has no specific cause. Instead, it slowly develops over time, and is most often hereditary.
  2. Secondary hypertension: a high blood pressure is a direct result of a health condition.

To know—definitively—whether you have high blood pressure or not, you need to have your blood tested.

The new research on blood pressure and mortality rates

Oddly enough, this new research shows that for older people who are more mobile, more active with high blood pressure indicates a risk of death. Those who are slow-moving and have high blood pressure are less likely to die from hypertension-related problems.

This research comes out of Oregon State University, and builds on earlier research which showed a relationship between hypertension and death: and it all depends on how frail on older person is—for that study frailty was measured by how fast or slow someone could walk.

The data, which showed that high blood pressure in active older people had higher mortality rate, was collated from a study that looked at 7,500 people 65 and over. Over six years, three analyses where done:

  1. Walking speed—the participants were split up between normal and slow
  2. Grip strength—the participants were split up between weak grip and normal grip

The third analysis was to study the combinations: the results were that the “strongest inverse association between high blood pressure and mortality was for slow walkers with weak grip strength.”[1]

Seeing your doctor for high blood pressure

It’s always a good idea to see your doctor if treatment for blood pressure isn’t working. It is also recommended that if you experience the following, you should call your doctor:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, don’t wait and see if it goes away. The sooner you see a doctor, the better chance you have of preventing any serious problems.

[1] http://www.cardiovascularbusiness.com/topics/vascular-endovascular/high-blood-pressure-doesn%E2%80%99t-indicate-mortality-risk-inactive-elderly-patients

senior falling leader in death

Three quarters of accidental deaths in over 65s are attributed to injury caused by falling.

As we grow older we get injured more easily, and our bodies take longer to heal. Everybody falls, but younger people tend to bounce back pretty quickly, whereas a seemingly innocuous fall can land a senior in hospital.

The majority of falls that lead to serious injury (or death) happen in homes, with a smaller percent in aged care facilities. A serious injury for a younger person, means a hospital stay until they’re healed. For a senior, it can force them to change where—and how—they live.

How to help prevent senior falls in the home

The news isn’t all doom and gloom. There are quite a few things you can do to help prevent falls, and minimise falls when they do happen. It’s important to know the risk factors and what precautions can be taken.

10 tips for reducing the risk of falling

The following are just some tips to prevent your loved from falling. They include:

1.       Regular exercise to prevent muscles from weakening and bones from becoming stiff. Certain types of tai chi are ideal for this, as it doesn’t over-stress or over-strain the body.

2.       Wear flat, wide-heeled shoes that fit well, are comfortable and have rubber soles for good grip.

3.       Don’t walk around in socks, wear comfortable, well-fitted slippers.

4.       Always make sure there is adequate lighting.

5.       Install a grabbing rail in strategic places like in the bathroom and toilet.

6.       Remove as many trip hazards as possible—things like frayed carpet, mats, or loose rugs.

7.       If you need a walking aid—always use it.

8.       Make sure your hallways, doorways and any other pathways are clean, clear and safe.

9.       To see the edge of steps better, mark them with high-vis tape or something similar so you don’t have to guess where the next (or last) step is.

10.   Eat a balanced, healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids—this is good for your body and your immune system.

Modifying the home for today

Getting old is not a bad thing. And people really should not be ashamed of it. One thing that stops seniors from asking for the help they need is embarrassment. They think if they admit they need help, they’ll be shipped off to an aged care facility.

But with so many services and DIY options, aging in place has never been easier. You can have grab and shower rails installed to help get in and out of the shower or bath. Ramps and mobility aids make getting around easier than ever—and you can even have emergency alarms installed in the home for extra peace of mind.

Aging in place

Seniors should feel safe in their own home, and if they want to age in place, there are so many things they—and you—can do to help them feel safe and secure in their own home.

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Senior Falls: Avoiding a Disaster

Falls are one of the most dangerous events that can take place in the life of a senior.

In most cases falls can lead to other health related conditions, and can be the start of a decline.  It is estimated that over 800,000 people are hospitalized a year as a result of a fall.  It is also estimated that 1 out of 5 falls causes serious injuries including death.  Senior falls are much more common than many people think and can lead to serious injuries such as breaks, fractures, and head trauma.  Many senior in home care franchises across the country are recognizing the dangers of senior falls, and providing free in home assessments to identify possible dangers in the home.  It is worth looking online and contacting a home care franchise about doing a fall prevention assessment if you have concerns. There are a few key tips to keep in mind when trying to protect your loved one from the risk of a fall.

One of the most important ways to combat the chance of a fall for a senior is to maintain an active, and healthy lifestyle.  Remaining active is key for maintaining and building muscle. Remaining active will also help a senior with their balance, and stamina.  There are plenty of resources available to seniors and their families in regards to physical exercises to maintain balance.  A balanced diet is also a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in an effort to combat the risk of a fall.  Muscle is built and maintained by having a protein rich diet.  Seniors should access and make changes to their diets if they are not getting enough daily protein.  It is recommended that a senior eat between 1 and 1.2 g/kg of protein a day.

Seniors fall every day simply because they had too much clutter in their home that obstructed their walking path.  Seniors and their families should clean up anything in a seniors home that could cause an accidental trip.  This could include items such as small furniture, pet toys, phone/ computer cords, and rugs.  Checking the outside of the home is just as important as checking the inside as a fall can happen anywhere.  Make sure that your senior loved one is taken care of during inclement weather conditions and avoids going out when weather conditions are not favorable.

Knowledge is power, and we have the ability to talk to our senior loved ones about falls.  Avoiding anything is easier when you have the knowledge to combat it.  Sit down and talk to your loved one about the risks associated with falls, and get their thoughts on areas of their life that may cause them danger. Keep an open mind during this discussion, and reassure your senior loved one that you are looking out for their best interest.  Some seniors may feel as though you are trying to remove them from their home or suggesting they seek care.

Avoiding a fall is one of the most important factors that seniors and their families should try to prevent.  The best method of avoiding falls is by maintaining health and preventing dangerous circumstances by thinking ahead of risks.  Do you have any tips on avoiding a senior fall? Leave us a comment below.

Caring For Teeth as You Age

Caring For Your Teeth as You Age

The longer you keep your natural teeth the better it is for your overall health

Dental education has really ramped up in the last couple of decades. And the lack of dental education in the 60s and 70s is starting to show.

Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that you must brush and floss your teeth every day. And that drinking plenty of water during the day as well as chewing sugar free gum is a great way to keep your teeth clean until you brush and floss before bed.

The level of patient care has also increased dramatically, with dentists able to offer minimally invasive fillings instead of silver fillings. Then there’s the refinement of tools like dental drills which are now sleek and slimline and less invasive than the stereotypes of old.

Caring for your teeth as you age

Caring for your teeth is about regular oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. A six-monthly check-up can prevent serious problems from occurring.

Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft bristle toothbrush. Soft bristles are less abrasive and therefore less likely to harm the enamel of your teeth.

Flossing cleans the 30% of the tooth brushing can’t reach. This is why flossing at least once a day is so important for oral health.

A six-monthly check-up to your dentist allows them to provide you with a scale and clean—no toothbrush can provide you with the same level of care as a dentist’s scale and clean. A dentist can also assess your teeth, gums and jaws.

The connection of oral health to overall health

Taking care of your oral health is about more than just healthy teeth and gums. Studies have shown a link between gum disease and:

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attacks
  • Heart Disease

This is due to bad bacteria caused by gum disease which travels through your body causing excess inflammation which then can causes these problems.

Your teeth as you age

As we get older our teeth become more fragile as a result of decades of chewing and biting. According to the American Dental Association, more than 35 million Americans have no teeth, and 178 million are missing at least one tooth—a number that is expected to grow in the next two decades.[1]

Replacing missing teeth is good for your remaining teeth

Dentistry now provides patients with options such as dental implants and far improved iterations on dentures. Tooth replacement treatments are also a good way of taking care of your natural teeth.

By replacing missing teeth, you are providing support for your gums, jaw and remaining teeth. Dentures are the most popular and effective treatment for replacing missing teeth, however dental implants provide a support and longevity unmatched by traditional dentures.

Taking care of your teeth as you age starts by taking care of your teeth at a young age, and then never stopping. It’s always important to visit your dentist, brush and floss your teeth as well as consume less sugary food and drink.

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[1] https://www.gotoapro.org/facts-figures/