Important Dental Problems for People Over 50
Older Americans are more likely to keep their natural teeth than previous generations. This is great news for our millions of aging Baby Boomers. Although this is a testament to the power of preventive dental care, it can also bring new concerns, such as how to continue preventing dental problems.
Common dental problems for those who are over 50 include:
Tooth decay is common in people of all ages. Fillings can fail, or a new cavity may be present. While proper dental hygiene is a good first step, you also need to make sure you are getting the fluoride you need. Use fluoridated toothpaste, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and drink fluoridated tap water instead of sugary drinks can help, also.
2. Dry mouth
Many medications and health problems can cause dry mouth. A dry mouth is uncomfortable for most and can also cause dental problems. The saliva helps remineralize teeth and keeps your oral pH balanced. If your mouth is consistently dry, stimulating saliva flow is vital. Saliva replacement products may be needed if sugar-free gum is not enough.
3. Gum disease
A substantial percentage of those over the age of 50 have gum disease. Its early stages are marked by gums that may look red or puffy, and that bleed when you brush or floss. Immediate diagnosis and treatment can stop it from reaching later stages, during which gum, bone and tooth loss can occur.
Regular checkups with our dentists can be your best preventive strategy particularly if you are over the age of 50. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.
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