No matter how old you are it is always important to maintain proper dental hygiene. Everyone from young children to the elderly can be negatively affected if they refuse to properly take care of your teeth and mouth.


If your child isn’t maintaining proper dental hygiene it can cause problems when their adult teeth begin to grow in. Adult teeth begin to develop in children as young as three. Around the age of six,  most children start growing their first adults teeth. They will have these teeth for the rest of their life. During the time of transition, when baby teeth are falling out and adult teeth are coming in, your child may experience long lasting problems if they develop cavities. Untreated bacteria in the cavities of a child’s baby teeth can damage the developing adult teeth beneath them. This is when it becomes even more important to keep your child’s teeth clean.


Adults who practice poor dental hygiene can be more susceptible to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Adult periodontal disease can increase your risk of suffering from a stroke or coronary heart disease.  Uncontrolled periodontal disease can lead to the loss of bone support around the teeth and the eventual loss of your teeth.

The Elderly

Research has shown elderly people with poor dental hygiene are at an elevated risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. In a study conducted by NYU it was determined that people 70 and older with gum disease scored lower on cognitive tests than their peers who did not have gum disease.

Adults Of Any Age

Studies have also found links between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer.  Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is often missed. Research has discovered the presence of certain bacteria in the mouths of pancreatic cancer patients as they are already more prone to poor oral health.  This increased risk could lead to earlier intervention and treatment of pancreatic cancer patients.


At any age, maintaining proper dental hygiene is an important aspect of one’s health. The older a person gets the more severe the consequences on their health become. If you want to learn more about how using mouthwash can help to keep your teeth healthy, then get in touch with Riverdale Park Dental. We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to understanding and meeting your needs as a patient. Our goal is to work together as a team to bring you the highest quality treatment in a warm, caring setting using modern technology, equipment and procedures.