Oral Care Issues Affecting Seniors

Unfortunately, poor oral health can be a contributing factor in the downward spiral in the mental and physical health of older Americans.

seniorteeth1So if you’ve achieved official “senior citizen” status with a relatively healthy mouth, congratulations. But Angell’s Dentistry wants you to know that there are still some oral health issues you need to be on the lookout for as you get older.

Did you know, for example, that older Americans continue to experience tooth decay in the crowns and roots of teeth—at higher rates even than children? Or that about 23 percent of people from 65 to 74 years of age have severe periodontal (gum) disease?

Here are more things you should know:

  • Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, may make it harder for you to brush and floss properly
  • Untreated tooth decay and gum disease can lead to poor eating habits, malnutrition and a reduction in overall health
  • Some 400 different commonly prescribed drugs can cause dry mouth, a leading cause of tooth decay
  • Our sense of taste can diminish as we age and also as a result of medication use, disease and wearing dentures

Remember to keep Dr. Angell and our hygienists updated on your medications and any medical issues you are experiencing. Be sure to report any changes in your mouth; loose or sensitive teeth; difficulty chewing, tasting or swallowing; pain, discomfort, sores or bleeding in your mouth; and any lumps, bumps or swelling in the mouth.

We want all of our senior citizen patients to know that Angell’s Dentistry is here to help you keep your mouth healthy as you experience your “golden years.”

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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