Senior citizens are keeping their natural teeth longer and may have more complex dental care considerations than previous generations. With increasing age comes the likelihood that more medications are being taken to manage chronic disease. Therefore, it is especially important for the elderly to inform of any changes or updates in their medical history to ensure safe and effective treatment. Other dental issues often facing seniors are:
Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, but it's preventable and even reversible in its early stages. One reason it is a problem among older adults is because it can progress slowly and painlessly over time and go undetected. Careful oral hygiene and regular dental visits help control periodontal disease. Call Dr. Grant's office if you notice any of the following warning signs:
Many systemic diseases and the treatments used for them can cause diminished salivary output or dry mouth. The resulting dry mouth condition can lead to dental decay, denture sores, and subsequent eating difficulties that may impair nutrition and social interactions. Dry mouth also increases the incidence of oral fungal infections (Thrush) especially for denture wearers. If you suspect that you may have dry mouth symptoms allow Dr. Grant to recommend treatment for your condition.
Regular dental visits are essential for thorough examinations of the entire mouth, even for those who no longer have their natural teeth. Oral and throat cancer cases in the United States are estimated to exceed 34,000 per year. Oral cancer may appear as white or red changes in the mouth that are sore or painless. As with other cancers, early diagnosis is most important. To prevent oral cancer, avoid using tobacco and have regular oral screening exams.