By Dr. Jeff
June 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health

You’re probably aware that today’s senior citizens are healthier and more active than ever before, and can expect to live many years past retirement. What you may not know, however, is that seniors have their own set of dental health issues that need to be closely watched.  

Here are some common issues…

Getting To The Root Of The Problem — When our gums recede, the root surface of the tooth is typically exposed. This area is much more porous than tooth enamel and thus more prone to cavities. Fluoride application and frequent dental visits can help control this gummy situation.

Are You Sensitive? — The same areas that are exposed when the gums recede can be very sensitive to hot, cold, sweets and more. Specialized toothpaste made with potassium nitrate may help. Please let us know if your sensitivity persists.

It Feels Like The Sahara In Here!! — As we age, salivary glands can decrease their flow, and many medications can cause dry mouth. Make sure you stay properly hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Sorry! No alcoholic beverages!! They simply add to your dehydration. Also, there are wonderful products and rinses designed to help alleviate this particular discomfort.  

What Does That Have To Do With It? — Believe it or not, many health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer are interrelated with your oral health. Therefore, please take a moment to review all your current medical conditions with us so our information is complete and accurate, and our recommendations are appropriate.

Be True To Your Teeth Or They’ll Be False to You! — In the old days it was assumed that aging meant losing your teeth. Fortunately this no longer true, especially when regular dental visits are maintained!  However, if you’ve already lost some or all of your teeth, dental prosthetic options are better than ever! Everyone has solutions available to them so the may eat comfortably, speak normally, and smile attractively!!


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