1. Everyone needs dentures at some point.
2. It doesn’t matter if I get my calcium from my food or supplements. It’s all the same.
3. Dry Mouth can lead to cavities.
4. A manual toothbrush cleans as effectively as an electric toothbrush.
5. It’s not important to my dentist if I have a heart condition or joint replacement.
1 Fiction--Today, approximately 75 percent of people over age 65 have kept some or all of their teeth. Scientists credit this improvement with better preventive measures like community water fluoridation and daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Advances in dental care have allowed dentists to save teeth that would have been lost in the past. With daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist, you can keep your teeth for life!
2 Fiction--Calcium is especially important as we get older to prevent bone loss or osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can happen in the jaw bone and when it does, may lead to your teeth becoming loose or falling out. In a recent study, people who got their calcium almost exclusively from supplements were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with those who took no supplements. The recommended daily amount of calcium for most adults is 1,000 milligrams a day, preferably from foods including low-fat dairy such as milk, cheese and yogurt.
3 Fact --You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth, typically the result of medications. This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications you’re taking. Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities.
4 Fact--As long as you’re brushing twice a day, it doesn’t matter if you use a manual or electric toothbrush. However, if you use a manual toothbrush and have a condition that causes limited movement in your hands or shoulders, like arthritis, you may not be cleaning your teeth as thoroughly as you’d like in hard-to-reach areas. In this case, an electric toothbrush may be a good investment in preventive care. Many electric toothbrushes have handy features, like a two-minute timer, that help to make sure you are brushing thoroughly.
5 Fiction--If you have a heart condition or artificial joint, be sure to tell your dentist. That's because there are some heart conditions with a high risk of infection from dental procedures, and an antibiotic is recommended. The same is true if you have artificial joints. Dentists follow recommendations that have been developed by the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in cooperation with the American Dental Association. Talk to your dentist about how these recommendations might apply to you.