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5 Dental Issues Common in People Over 50

5 Dental Issues Common in People Over 50

As we grow older, so does every system in our body. Unfortunately, as we age more and more things start going wrong. The same goes for your teeth. Thankfully, you can mitigate some of these problems by being diligent with your oral health.

Tooth Decay Risk Increases

As you age, the roots of your teeth become more exposed, and the base can become softer. These factors make it more likely for cavities to nest near the base or root of your teeth.

Dry Mouth Is a Common Problem

The older we become, the more medications we may need to take. An excess of medications as well as natural hormone shifts can cause dry mouth to be an aspect of everyday life. Saliva is one of the most important warriors that fight against tooth decay and disease, so a lack of it can be dangerous. You can increase your saliva production and protect your teeth by chewing plenty of sugar-free gum and drinking plenty of water.

Gum Disease Is the Common Cause Of Tooth Loss

If gingivitis is left untreated, this can lead to periodontitis. Pockets are created in the gums and bacteria colonizes those pockets. Once the decay of the gums gets too far, this is the most common

Oral Cancer Risk Goes Up

Heavy drinking and smoking drastically increase oral cancer risk, especially over time. The thing about oral cancer risk, though, is that whether or not you drink or smoke, your risk goes up as you age. It’s important to regularly be screened for oral cancer, especially if you are high risk.

Crowded Teeth Make Dental Health More Difficult

Over time, teeth may begin to shift around a little. Although this is normal, it makes taking care of those teeth ever more difficult. Flossing and brushing suddenly becomes a struggle. Food is more likely to get stuck in between your teeth and stay there, breeding bacteria.

Pass this message on to someone you care about! Dental health is no joke. If you know what can happen, you will be more able to combat the issues you might face.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.