The Biggest Dental Problems for People Over the Age of 50
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As we get older with age we tend to face health problems that were never really an issue before, like major dental problems. The good news in regards to your teeth is that there is scientific evidence that adults over the age of 50 are now keeping their natural teeth longer than compared to adults in the past! This does mean, however, that it is still important to come to our office for a regular exam and cleaning to make sure that your mouth stays clean and healthy and free of dental problems. Some dental problems that may occur over the age of 50 includes:
Dry mouth can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, taking certain medications or sleeping with your mouth open at night can cause it to happen. Signs of dry mouth include a metallic taste in your mouth, bad breath, dry throat, dry lips, a sticky feeling in your mouth, and trouble swallowing. Your mouth needs saliva in order to help coat your teeth and swish away any left-over food particles that may be stuck in between your teeth. Saliva also helps to neutralize the acid from bacteria in your mouth keeping any major dental problems away.
If you see some blood in the sink when you spit out your toothpaste it isn’t a good sign, it could be sign of a dental problem. Gums that are swollen, red, or bleed easily may be affected by gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis may turn into periodontitis which is when the bacteria moves below your gum line and spreads. This will cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and may lead to bone loss. You can read our previous blogs about gum disease or ask one of hygienist’s at your appointment for more information.
Tooth decay can still occur as you get older. Cavities can form around old fillings, on the surfaces of your teeth that never had a problem before, or down near the roots of your teeth. As we get older, the root of our teeth becomes softer and may become more exposed, increasing your chances of getting a cavity.
The chances of getting oral cancer increase as we get older. The best thing to do is catch it in its early stages so that treatment can occur as soon as possible. If you are over the age of 50, we recommend getting screened for oral cancer here at Pearl Family Dentistry.
Our teeth begin to shift with age. You may not notice any changes at first since teeth move slowly over time. If you start to notice that it is becoming harder for you to brush or floss your teeth, your teeth may have started to move. The best thing to do is keep up with your oral hygiene routine and to also have your regular cleanings with one of our hygienists (Yvette, Sochhan, or Lizette). If your teeth have shifted significantly, you may also want to see an orthodontist.
The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at DrBadwalz.com or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.