A lifetime of chewing, grinding, and general wear and tear can take its toll on your teeth. Add complications from certain medical conditions and medication side effects, and oral health becomes more important than ever for senior citizens. Prevention, by way of daily brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist, is the best defense.
However, proper oral care can become more challenging with age, leading to minor or major dental problems. Here is a list of common dental procedures for seniors and how they help address common geriatric dental concerns.
Have you lost the joy of eating it because your jaw hurts too much to open up that wide? At Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi, we can help. For over 20 years, we’ve helped hundreds of Kern County residents get back to eating the foods they love by addressing both the symptoms and the causes of their TMD.
Work, school, soccer games, whatever it is, these life events can cause preventive health care to fall by the wayside. Then a painful symptom reminds you it’s been a while since your last checkup. It’s tempting to put off seemingly minor dental issues until your schedule lightens up. But the warning signs below shouldn’t be taken lightly. This is especially true if you’re managing a chronic condition, like diabetes. Oral health should not be neglected.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 54,000 people will be diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer this year. People who smoke are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer, gum problems and complications after oral surgery. Smokers have a lowered resistance to infections and healing.
Diabetes affects your whole body and oral health, especially your teeth and gums. People with diabetes have a higher chance of getting gum disease and Periodontitis. Periodontal disease can lead to chronic bad breath, difficulty eating, pain and even tooth loss. Diabetes can also slow down healing, so it can interfere with treatment of periodontal disease. The effect is even greater when your blood sugar is not well controlled, making it harder to fight bacterial infections.
Your mouth is full of bacteria that continues to build up on the teeth in a sticky layer, which is referred to as plaque. The foods and drinks you consume contain sugars that form bacteria in your mouth. Digesting these sugars form acids that eventually cause the enamel of your teeth to weaken. If this acid stays there for a longer period of time, it results in decaying of the teeth.