Life expectancy in the United States reached record highs in recent years, primarily due to improvements in medical treatments. It’s thus not a surprise that we’re preserving our own teeth longer, too. But it’s not a perfect picture: some older adults find it challenging to maintain a daily oral health program. They often require more complicated dental therapies over time, and are more susceptible to many diseases. Complications in the mouth may cause difficulty with chewing and swallowing, or lead to a loss of confidence due to a change in the facial features or vocal quality. What special dental problems do elderly people face? And what can be done to repair these problems?
Here are just a few special dental problems of adults as they become mature:
In addition to the problems mentioned above, drugs taken for other diseases, and the diseases themselves, can adversely affect a person’s oral health in a variety of ways. This often leads other problems (such as diabetes) to worsen, and may even result in whole-body inflammation, which unfortunately encourages gum disease and tooth decay.
Contrary to popular belief, dental problems and tooth loss are not inevitable. In reality, with proper and daily oral hygiene, your teeth can last a lifetime! What’s involved? A good oral health routine involves the following measures:
Arthritis and other problems make brushing and flossing challenging. Your Sacramento dentist can suggest special brushes and floss holders that make daily cleaning easier. Therapeutic mouthrinses or special in-office therapies, such as additional teeth cleanings or root scaling and planing, assist in avoiding gum disease. In addition, a careful screening for oral cancer is included in your routine dental exam. Early detection provides the best chance at combating cancer effectively. If you suffer from ongoing dry mouth, altering prescriptions or using dry mouth relief products can help.
Our dentists at the Sacramento Dentistry Group are committed to making your oral health a priority. Call us for an appointment today at (916) 538-6900, or make an appointment with our online scheduler to act together to ensure your teeth last for years to come.