Dental health for seniors
Many people think that after a certain age, you don’t need to worry about your teeth. In fact, dental care and regular visits to the dentist are important no matter how old you are. It’s never too late to fix or replace your teeth!
Teeth change with age
Your mouth is constantly changing. Its shape and structure vary not only with age, but also with stress, medications, lifestyle, diet and other factors.
Even if you haven’t had any problems for many years, cavities can recur with age as your mouth becomes drier, fillings wear out or your health or lifestyle changes.
Teeth become looser with age, exposing their roots. This often leads to enhanced sensitivity and greater vulnerability to cavities.
It is important to replace missing teeth, not only to improve your appearance, but also to help you chew properly and maintain your dental health.
Ours dentists in Lille (59000) and Neufchatel-Hardelot (62152 ) near Boulogne sur mer can advise you on the options that best suit your needs and clinical condition.
A dry mouth can be a side effect of medication (for instance, for high blood pressure, asthma, anxiety or depression). It can also be caused by radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
There are drugs available that can increase saliva production. If you are suffering from a dry mouth, ask our dentist.
The importance of dental examinations
Dental examinations are important no matter how old you are, or whether or not you have teeth. Although cavities and broken teeth may not be painful at first, they will require more complex and costly treatment later on if ignored.
In fact, oral cancer is apparently more frequent among the elderly, so early detection is all the more important. An ounce of prevention …
Your mouth is telling you something!
The following symptoms can indicate dental or medical problems:
- Bleeding gums that persists more than three weeks
- Teeth that are sensitive to heat, cold, sugar or pressure
- Red or white spots, swelling or sores in the mouth or on the lips
- Dry mouth
- Red and burning mouth
- Loose teeth