“Today, approximately 75 percent of senior citizens over age 65 have kept some or all of their teeth – a record -thanks to better preventive measures like community water fluoridation and daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, according to the American Dental Association,” a press release carried by the Senior Journal (12/19) announces. The release goes on to state that dental health can have a significant effect on overall health, and, as an example, points to a recent study in the Journal of Dental Research that “found that very elderly adults (ages 85 and older) in community-living settings who slept in dentures were at a higher risk of developing pneumonia because bacteria from the mouth could be inhaled into the lungs.” Meanwhile, on its website, KAMR-TV (12/19) reports the results of the Journal of Dental Research study, quoting Dr. Judith Jones, DDS, of the American Dental Association. Dr. Jones said, “it’s really important if you have dentures of any type to make sure that you take them out every night,” adding that people should “take them out, clean them carefully, store them in a cup of liquid, and in the morning clean them again.”
Good Housekeeping reports that people should wait until later in the morning, around 9 a.m. when they arrive at work, to brush their teeth. “The American Dental Association recommends waiting 30 minutes after consuming something acidic before taking out your toothbrush,” as it may weaken the tooth’s enamel otherwise. Later in the evening, the article advises patients brush their teeth again, adding that doing so a little earlier can help curb late-night snacking.