Have you started to notice some things changing in your mouth as you get older? Here are some common dental concerns as we age….
Keeping up with your good oral hygiene habits and continuing regular dental visits will keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Cavities aren’t just a problem for your sugared up grandchildren.
Patients over 60 tend to experience cavities around older fillings or at the root of their teeth. With age the root of your tooth often softens and becomes exposed. Additionally, medical conditions like arthritis or Parkinson’s can make brushing or flossing difficult, leading to increased tooth decay, as well as issues with your gums.
While gum disease affects patients at all ages, there are additional concerning factors for seniors. Poorly fitting dentures and bridges, inadequate diet, use of tobacco products, chronic conditions, and certain medications can all lead to ongoing gum disease.
If you have a history of tobacco or alcohol use, you’ll benefit from oral cancer screenings. As with any cancer, the earlier oral cancer is caught, the better the chances for a favorable outcome. You don’t even have to ask, we examine your mouth for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions as part of every routine dental visit, as well as conducting your yearly Velscope exam which shows us any underlying tissue issues.
You may notice that a previous gap in your teeth has narrowed or disappeared. Or that food is getting stuck in new places.
As you age, your teeth start to shift. This can make cleaning difficult, which leads to decay. Seeing us more often will help keep decay from becoming dangerous.
Oral hygiene tips
The most important hygiene tips at any age are to: Brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss at least once a day and continue with your regular visits to our office!