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As we get older and wiser, natural changes in the mouth and general health may increase the risk of dental problems. Just because we’re more susceptible to oral health problems with age doesn't mean you have to experience them. With regular oral care and routine dental checkups, you are likely to keep your teeth for a lifetime.


Dental Concerns for Seniors

Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease): This is a potentially severe condition resulting from the gum tissue becoming infected due to a plaque buildup on your gums and teeth. If you have swollen, red, or bleeding gums, you could have gingivitis, which is the first stage of periodontal disease. Gum disease could result from poor dental hygiene practices earlier in life, poor diet, poorly fitting dental appliances, or diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Gingivitis is reversible, so it is important to spot it in its early stages.

Tooth or Root Decay: Older adults may be more susceptible to developing cavities and decay on the teeth and root surfaces, especially if gum recession has occurred. It is essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene by meticulously cleaning the gums, teeth and any exposed root surfaces. During your routine cleaning, our dental hygienist will scale the teeth at and below your gum to keep them smooth and clean.

Sensitive Teeth: Tooth sensitivity may increase with age. Your gums recede naturally over time, exposing parts of your tooth that are not protected by enamel. Your teeth may wear down, leaving you with areas prone to pain due to hot or cold foods or drinks. Sometimes sensitivity is indicative of conditions that may result in tooth loss, such as cavities, or cracked or fractured teeth.

Dry Mouth: This is a common problem with age, and can result from medications or some medical disorders. If left untreated, dry mouth can cause tooth and root decay, which can both lead to tooth loss.

Darkened teeth: This cosmetic concern usually happens with time due to changes in the dentin, the bone-like tissue right under your tooth enamel, a lifetime of consuming stain-causing foods and beverages, and a thinning of the outer enamel layer.

Osteoporosis: With time, bones in the body may become less dense and more prone to fractures. Women are at high risk of developing this condition after menopause. When the bone density in the mouth decreases, teeth may become loose and fall out.

Medical Conditions: Some health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer can adversely affect your oral health. Tell us about any of these conditions so that we take them into account when we design a treatment plan for you.

What To Expect During a Dental Exam

During your checkup, we will conduct a thorough history and dental exam. We will ask you about any medical conditions or changes you notice in your mouth. We will examine your gums, teeth, and soft tissue to make sure that we catch any problem before it progresses. If you wear dentures or have any restorations, we will make sure that they are working well. We will discuss any needed treatments.

Cleanings are an essential component of your visit. We want to make sure that your mouth stays healthy and free of disease. Keeping up with your routine cleanings will help prevent some potential dental problems from surfacing.


What Dental Treatments Are Available for Seniors?

Whatever the condition of your mouth is in, we are here to help keep you smiling for a lifetime. Following are some standard dental procedures for seniors.

Dentures and Partials: If you are missing all your teeth, or just a few, you are never too old to have them replaced. Missing teeth may result in your surrounding teeth shifting, which can affect your bite, causing jaw pain and a host of dental problems. Dentures and partials are removable oral appliances that restore your missing teeth and your smile.

Crowns and Bridges: These restorations are used to replace missing teeth or strengthen damaged ones. A crown may be used to repair a fractured tooth or protect one that has undergone a root canal procedure to repair severe decay. It encases the entire tooth, strengthening it and improving its appearance. Crowns are also used to support bridges, which are restorations used to replace one or more missing teeth.

Dental Implants: If you want to restore missing teeth without the hassle of dealing with dentures or bridges, dental implants may be the choice for you. They not only replace your missing teeth but also protect your jaw bone from deterioration. Dental implants offer an excellent restorative and cosmetic option, looking, feeling, and functioning just link your natural teeth!

Dental Veneers: If your teeth are discolored, stained, or worn down over the years, dental veneers may be the solution for you. These wafer-thin restorations are attached to the front of your teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length. Not only do they restore the way your teeth look but also rid you of tooth sensitivity due to worn down teeth.

There are many other dental treatments available to you, from fillings to dental surgery to cosmetic procedures. Our goal is to help you keep your mouth healthy and pain-free.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Seniors

The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to prevent oral diseases from developing. With proper care, you can maintain, or even improve your oral health.

  • Brush your teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste. If you are having trouble holding your toothbrush, talk to us about solutions that may help you.
  • Floss and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash regularly.
  • Maintain your dental checkups even if you don't have any teeth.
  • Care for dental appliances such as dentures and dental bridges properly.
  • Limit your intake of starch-filled snacks, sugar, and carbonated drinks.
  • Consume a balanced diet rich in nutrients essential for your oral health.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and alleviate symptoms of dry mouth.
  • Check your mouth regularly for sensitivity, sores, or any unusual bumps or lumps. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, schedule an appointment to come in and see us.
  • Avoid smoking or using any tobacco products.


We Are Here For You!

Visit us at Dr. Sal’s Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to talk about your unique needs and how we can support your oral health. Our professional and compassionate staff is here to work with you to prevent or treat oral health problems so that you can keep your teeth for a lifetime. Don’t wait. Schedule your appointment today!