When we get older, there are increased risks for a number of oral health problems. It is important that seniors visit their dentist at least twice each year for examinations and cleanings.
At Sarasota Dental Arts, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of geriatric dentistry, and we welcome seniors to our Sarasota, FL practice. If you’re a senior, give us a call today to make an appointment!
Elderly Patients Face Increased Risk Factors
Some of the oral health problems seniors might face include the following:
- Darker teeth because of changes in dentin (the bone-like tissue below the tooth enamel)
- Stomatitis (oral inflammation and ulcers) caused by dentures that don’t fit properly, poor dental hygiene, or a buildup of tartar
- Reduced sense of taste, either because of advancing age or disease, medications, or dentures
- Dry mouth, either from the natural aging process or because of treatment or medications
- Gum disease caused by plaque buildup, poor nutrition, tobacco use, ill-fitting bridges or dentures, or diseases such as cancer and diabetes
- Root decay because tooth roots are exposed as gum tissue recedes, and roots are more susceptible to decay
- Tooth loss from gum disease or other oral problems
Oral Hygiene for Seniors
Age alone does not determine oral health. But sometimes seniors have more difficulty brushing and flossing because of conditions such as arthritis. Sometimes seniors take medications that might have a negative impact on their oral health. Talk to your dental hygienist for tips on how to make oral home care easier and more effective.
Daily brushing and flossing are important for everyone—especially seniors. Plaque that builds up and is not removed can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Make an Appointment Today
If you or a family member is a senior, stay on top of oral health by visiting the dentist twice each year, or more often if recommended. Call Sarasota Dental Arts for geriatric dentistry in Sarasota, FL.