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Common Oral Health Concerns of Seniors

family dentistry Battle Creek MISeniors have unique oral health concerns. That’s why our family dentistry practice strives to anticipate potential problems with thorough dental exams. With early detection, many potential issues can be mitigated with preventive treatments and improved oral hygiene at home. Following are a few common concerns that mature patients should know about.

Dry Mouth

Dealing with dry mouth can be more than uncomfortable. Persistent dry mouth could put your oral health at risk. The oral cavity should be a moist environment. Without proper saliva production, our soft tissue will dry out. This could lead to an increased risk for gum disease and dental caries.

Unfortunately, dry mouth can disproportionately affect seniors. This is because many medications affect saliva production. Moreover, a number of common health conditions such as diabetes contribute to this condition, too.

If you struggle with dry mouth, consider increasing your water intake and practicing vigilant oral hygiene. Discussing dry mouth symptoms with our dentist is important. We can help determine the underlying causes of dry mouth and prescribe oral rinses that help keep oral tissue moist.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can be deadly. Fortunately, early detection can help you preserve your health and your life. Seniors have a higher risk for developing oral cancer – especially if they have smoked, drink frequently, or have been exposed to HPV. Our family dentistry practice provides thorough oral cancer screenings during routine checkups.

Gum Disease

Gum disease can affect patients of any age but seniors do possess higher risks for developing it. Advanced gum disease destroys precious oral tissue and is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. As with other conditions, detecting and treating gum disease as early as possible reduces damage to a patient’s oral health and controls the disease’s progression.

Bone Loss

Losing bone can wreak havoc on your oral health. Bone deterioration commonly affects seniors – particularly women. You can protect your bone health by receiving routine checkups and cleanings, practicing thorough oral hygiene, and by avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. Some patients can offset bone loss with supplements containing calcium and vitamin D.

Our mission is to help our patients enjoy a lifetime of vibrant oral health. Call the office of Dr. John Morris to schedule a cleaning or checkup.