Dry mouth is common amongst the older population. Also known as xerostomia, the condition refers to a lack of saliva. It causes problems ranging from speech issues to salivary gland infections.
Xerostomia is usually a side effect of medications. If left untreated, it can lead to oral health issues such as:
- Buildup of plaque
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
Through regular exams and cleanings, our team of professionals can help prevent issues that stem from dry mouth. We can also provide you with information to make the condition easier to cope with.
It is common for teeth to darken as we age. As the enamel surrounding a tooth begins to wear down, it exposes the dentin underneath. This is what causes our teeth to darken in colour. Enamel wears down naturally, but poor diets and hygiene practices can accelerate the process.
You might also experience tooth discolouration as you age. This can be caused by consuming drinks such as tea, coffee, and red wine.
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Old age itself isn’t necessarily a risk factor for tooth loss. However, periodontal disease is, and elderly patients are more likely to develop this condition.
Regular brushing and flossing can prevent the formation of harmful bacteria that leads to periodontal disease and gingivitis. If left unchecked, these conditions can deteriorate your mouth’s supporting tissues.
You can also lower your risk of periodontal disease (and, therefore, tooth loss) through regular checkups.
A lifetime of poor lifestyle choices can take its toll during the senior years. Those with unhealthy diets and insufficient hygiene routines are at a higher risk for gum disease. Smoking, not receiving regular dental care, and other factors can also put a senior at a higher risk. Additionally, illnesses such as diabetes are linked to gum disease.
Through regular checkups, our team can catch signs of gum disease before it’s too late.
Regular visits are just as important if you already have gum disease. Treatment can prevent serious issues (tooth loss, loss of jaw bone density, etc.) from developing.
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