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oral health for seniors

4 Oral Health Issues Common Among Seniors
Senior smiles deserve proper oral care

When it comes to oral health, seniors are unfortunately at a higher risk for certain issues. Whether it’s you or a loved one who is at risk, it’s important to take the right steps to prevent and manage these conditions to ensure a healthy smile, and a healthy heart!

Below are four oral health conditions that the senior population commonly suffers from, and what can be done to manage them:

1. Dry mouth

Unfortunately, dry mouth (alternatively known as xerostomia) is a common problem among seniors, and the primary reason of this is because many seniors are required to take certain medications that reduce saliva production. Saliva actually plays a role in helping to protect our teeth from decay, so unfortunately, many seniors are at risk for tooth decay as well due to a dryer mouth. Steps can be taken to keep xerostomia under control, such as regularly chewing sugar-free gum and drinking water to keep the mouth moist.

2. Root decay/ cavities

Many seniors have gum recession, which exposes the root of the tooth. Because the root of the tooth is exposed, this makes it susceptible to decay. It’s important to look after the gums every day to prevent significant recession that could put one at risk for root decay. Our Toronto dentist also offers treatment options for gums that are severely receded. Talk to us today to learn more.

3. Periodontal (gum) disease

A lot of seniors suffer from periodontal disease, as factors like dry mouth and receded gums can exacerbate the problem. Fortunately, anyone can take the appropriate steps to prevent gum disease by ensuring they floss every day, brush twice a day, and see their hygienist for regular cleanings.

4. Tooth loss

Because of gum recession and gum disease being more present in the senior population, this group is also at the highest risk for tooth loss. There are many restorative dental treatments available for patients who suffer from tooth loss. Dental implants are one of the most dependable and permanent options available today, with an extremely high success rate. Dentures are also a great option for people missing all or most teeth.

Talk to our friendly dentist today to learn more about what you can do to prevent and manage these common oral health problems, or to learn about treatment options for your or a loved one’s smile.