Biggest Dental Problems for Seniors
Unfortunately, the risk of dental problems does not decrease with age. In fact, you might be surprised by some of the biggest dental problems for seniors. At your next dental exam and cleaning, our dentist will examine your teeth and gums, your dental history, and your medical history so that we can evaluate your risks and make personalized recommendations based on your needs.
The most common dental problems for seniors include:
1. Tooth decay
Cavities do not just affect children – adults can get them, too. Cavities can develop along the borders of old fillings, on exposed root surfaces, or in other areas. Good dental habits are the best way to avoid decay. However, you might need to include fluoride treatments in your dental routine to better protect your smile against decay.
2. Gum disease
Gum disease is caused by oral bacteria that attack the gum tissue. Without treatment, gums begin to pull away from teeth and create pockets, which allows the infection to spread to the bone and other tissues. You can prevent gum disease with good dental hygiene and regular dental checkups. Early treatment can prevent progression.
3. Dry mouth
Saliva flow can slow as you age due to health problems and certain medications. This can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, oral thrush, and other dental problems. Keep your mouth comfortably hydrated by drinking plenty of water, sucking on sugar-free candy, or using a saliva substitute as needed.
The risk of oral cancer also increases with age, and early diagnosis is critical to survival. Regular oral cancer screenings can help spot symptoms and improve the chances of early diagnosis. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our team.
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