A lot of seniors we see neglect their health (especially their dental health) worse than children and teenagers. It is sad.
As we age pain management is very difficult. Our bodies don't recover well. We may be on multiple medications that interfere with other medications and with our body's natural healing abilities. We have developed allergies and sensitivities that we didn't have when we were younger.
You don't want to suffer the pain of dental infections. And dental infections -- even those that are not yet painful will affect your overall health. Our mouth is full of bacteria and once the tissues become inflammed, the blood vessels in our mouth are permeable to the bacteria. Once in the blood, the bacteria are able to spread throughout our body.
The best advice is that before retirement have all the problems in your mouth fixed. It may cost a lot in dollars but it will save you future dollars at a time when it money will be a bigger factor in your life and it will save you a lot of pain and health problems.
Be regular with your check ups-- 3 months is a magic number for keeping down destruction by bacteria. Daily use of products such as Perio Protect (hydrogen peroxide gel in special trays) will do so much good for yoiur health. I cannot go without my daily application.
Ask us for more advice. Your hygienist is an excellent source of information.