As we grow older physiological, physical and psychological changes can affect oral health due to lack of self-care and other issues. A common issue that often goes undetected is the negative effect some over-the-counter and prescription drugs have on oral health. Teeth sensitivity is a popular symptom some patients experience as they get older.
Common Causes of Missing Teeth
- Poor dental care
- Injury to teeth
- Lifestyle choices
- Root cavities
Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, is a common issue in the aging population. Adults 65 years or older are affected by about 30% and the possibility increases another 10% for people in their 80’s. The most common cause of dry mouth is dehydration and medications. However, other causes include mouth breathing, Alzheimer’s, Sjogren’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Chronic dry mouth has the potential to cause conditions such as cracked lips, fissured tongue, and mucositis. Discovering the cause of dry mouth is essential and treating the cause will help eliminate the issue. Avoiding sugary drinks, alcohol, caffeine and acidic beverages can help improve the condition. Those who are not able to cure dry mouth by drinking plenty of water are encouraged to visit the dentist for further assistance.
Patients who have dementia and other types of conditions that are similar are at risk for developing oral infections, periodontal diseases, and root cavities. Caregivers are encouraged to assist the patient in brushing their teeth with an electric toothbrush at least twice a day. Water picks are also helpful to remove plaque, debris, and bacteria from in between teeth. Dentures should be properly cleaned on a daily basis as well.
Rapid weight loss in the aging population is often a sign of dental issues. Sometimes missing teeth, infections in the mouth and sore gums due to dentures cause people to eat less. Not being able to enjoy chewing and eating food often leads to disinterest which leads to rapid weight loss.
Fear of visiting the dentist also negatively affects patients with dental issues. Skipping cleanings allow bacteria and plaque to build up leading to gum issues. Some people are just afraid of what they will hear at the dentist. But, the good news is, with new and innovative techniques dentists are able to help patients keep their natural teeth as long as possible.
If you are part of the aging population you can get started taking better care of your oral hygiene today. Contact us for an appointment and to learn more about preventative maintenance and good oral hygiene.
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