Adult teeth are meant to last for decades, and, with proper care, they do. In the Triangle, Dr. E. Scott Saltzman is committed to caring for patients of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest. The needs of senior patients obviously are different than children who are losing their baby teeth. Aging brings special concerns for dental health, requiring different treatments than those who are younger. The professionals at E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry always strive to teach every patient how to best care for beautiful smiles.
Dr. Saltzman offers insight into the following five dental conditions that tend to occur more frequently as people age:
- Darker teeth: Teeth can darken naturally with age. Sometimes this is the result of a lifetime of consuming food and drinks that stain tooth enamel. Another cause is thinning of enamel, which allows the darker dentin material below to show through.
- Dry mouth: Certain medications and medical treatments cause dry mouth, which is a reduction in the amount of saliva production. It is important to note that saliva continually washes over the teeth, removing some of the bacteria that leads to plaque.
- Gum disease: Certain diseases, including diabetes and cancer, can increase the risk of gum disease. Professional dental care is essential to stop gum disease from destroying the bone that holds the teeth in place.
- Shifting teeth: Over the course of a lifetime, older adults are more likely to have experienced tooth extractions and tooth loss. Those open spaces allow adjacent teeth to shift and move within the jawbone, causing chewing and bite problems.
- Thrush: The human immune system keeps the mouth chemistry in balance. This balance can be disrupted by certain drugs and diseases, allowing the possible growth of the fungus that causes thrush.
As a possible or current patient, caring for teeth during a long lifetime can be challenging. Call our office today to set an appointment for a complete dental exam. Please share any concerns with changes in dental health at the next appointment, and remember to inform the Dr. Saltzman of any changes in health or medications. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is currently accepting new patients.
This informative post about senior dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC.
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919 380 9311
202 Town Village Drive
Cary, NC 27513
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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.