Our bodies change as we get older, including our teeth. Everyone is different, and these changes can depend on our inherited physical traits, lifestyle and nutritional habits, and medical conditions. That’s why our dentistry for seniors is tailored directly to your specific needs.
Senior Adults Have Different Oral Care Needs
Some senior adults will experience dry mouth, due to a reduced flow of saliva. This can also be a side effect of certain medications. Dry mouth can cause sore throats, hoarseness, and difficulty swallowing. If you don’t address your dry mouth, your teeth and gums can be damaged as well. Sometimes sugar-free gum and hard candy can help solve dry mouth. If you have dry mouth, visit your local dentist to discuss solutions for this issue.
Aging and Senior Teeth
As we age, our fillings may weaken or crack. These cracks will cause decay around the filling, and can sometimes expand into the root of the tooth. When this happens, bacteria can cause even more decay. Gum disease can also result, and you could lose a tooth or weaken your jawbone. Getting regular dental exams can help prevent these problems, and treat them before they become major issues.
Brushing our teeth and flossing, especially in the morning and at bedtime, will help keep the plaque from accumulating around your teeth. There are also commercial dental rinses that your dentist can recommend to help with plaque. As we age, plaque builds up more quickly and becomes harder to remove. Brush thoroughly but gently to keep from tearing your gums. If your gums are sensitive, consult your dentist. He may also recommend sensitive toothpaste to use.
The Importance of Geriatric Dentistry
Continued emphasis on good dental hygiene will have a positive impact on the health of your teeth and gums, but regular checkups are equally important. Regular exams can help find any issues early. Your dentist can check your mouth for any problems you may be having. Don’t forget to mention any sores, swelling, or pain in your mouth.
Because older adults have different dental needs, it’s important to find a dentist who’s familiar and experienced with seniors. A dental practice that cares for older adults will be able to spot serious problems before they happen, making sure you receive treatment as soon as possible. If you’re concerned about your dental health as you grow older, call Premier Dental Care. We can help recommend specific solutions for any symptoms you’re experiencing, and we can make sure your relationship with your teeth remains healthy and worry-free!