As our bodies age, so do our teeth. Teeth or develops to choose food as funny as possible so that nobody can do just as well as possible. As we age however, the strength of those teeth decreases and oral health problems among seniors can manifest. As a senior, you should be more in tune with your health more than ever, and that means schedule and regular visits to your dentist.
Oral health problems can often be easily resolved, and seniors will usually turn to things like dentures to help them to manage their eating, speaking and drinking habits. Practicing good oral health care during the younger days can help to reduce problems as we enter our senior years, but it will help to know the common problems that occur in elderly people so that you know what to avoid as your age. Let’s take a closer look.
Periodontitis is actually one of the worst cases of oral health problems in the elderly – because of the accumulated bacteria in the gums that rapidly multiplies and causes infections. When these infections meet already weakened teeth due to age, this can directly affect the bones that connect to the teeth and lead to tooth loss. Often manifesting itself is gingivitis at first, periodontitis can end up with somebody dealing with painful chewing, new spaces between the teeth and receding gums. If you are noticing any of these issues then you should book an appointment with your dentist today.
Most people link cavities to children with a high sugar consumption and while this is true to an extent cavities can also affect seniors. This is usually because of a dry mouth and a lack of moisture within the mouth that helps to keep the teeth lubricated. Dry mouth can give bacteria an opportunity to multiply, so if you are dealing with any of these issues then booking an appointment with your dentist will help.
Another oral health issue that seniors tend to deal with is oral cancers. Oral cancers can happen at any age, but a large percentage of people suffering with it are elderly. Regular visits to the dentist can help in identifying the symptoms of oral cancer and help me to take the necessary steps to avoid it and to get some help if it’s already in situ. Oral cancers can be overcome with the right help so book your appointment today and ensure that you are supported throughout.
If you are in your senior years and you are concerned about your oral health, don’t hesitate to give us a call. At Rose Dental Nashua, the dentists and the staff are here to ensure that you don’t have to feel afraid of any treatments, and you are well supported throughout your oral health journey. No matter your age, you just have to feel confident and calm about your oral health and our Nashua NH dentists are ready to take your call and book your appointment today.