Dentistry for Seniors
As the population ages, the dental needs of patients also changes. It is never too late to improve one’s dental health.
Today’s seniors can have an increased risk of certain conditions:
- Dry mouth: xerostomia, sometimes as a side-effect of medications, decreased saliva flow, radiation treatments
- Gum Disease
- Root Decay: many times from advancing gum disease
- Tooth Loss: often due to gum disease or dental decay
- Jaw Pain: often because of tooth loss
- Teeth shifting: often due to gum disease or tooth loss
- Crowding of teeth
- Ill-fitting partials or dentures
- Increased risk of cavities: many times due to dry mouth
- Oral Thrush: often due to side-effects of medications
Along with daily brushing, flossing, the use of an antibacterial mouthrinse, regular visits to the dentist can help reduce risks that many senior dental patients face. There are many options for care available for today’s seniors.