Your oral health can be compromised or challenged by many aspects while becoming older. It is a common misconception that losing your teeth is inevitable; however, this is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. Marshall Family Dentistry is more than happy to provide you with tips and treatment options for maintaining a healthy smile.
Some of the most common dental problems you may face as you age include:
- Dry Mouth and Cavities – Saliva protects your tooth enamel from the bacteria that cause decay. Many seniors take prescribed or over-the-counter medications for various age-related medical problems, and these medications often result in dry mouth. If you are experiencing dry mouth, this can increase your risk for developing cavities. Our dentist can advise you on preventive measures, and may recommend fluoride gels, dietary modifications, increased water consumptions, lozenges, or chewing gum to help alleviate the effects of dry mouth and increase the amount of saliva.
- Damaged Teeth – The more abuse and damage your tooth absorbs, the more likely it is to eventually crack and break. As a senior, you may need more crowns than you did in your younger years. Our dentists can provide you with durable, aesthetically-pleasing crowns to protect and restore your teeth.
- Missing Teeth – You may lose teeth as you age due to periodontal disease, injuries, or other events. These gaps in your smile make it harder for you to chew and may cause digestive problems. We offer several treatments to restore your teeth, including implants, dentures, and bridges.
- Systemic Conditions Affecting Dental Health – Age-related illnesses, such as diabetes, can have an effect on your oral health. Oral diseases, such as periodontal disease, can also affect your overall health as the bacteria in your mouth migrate to your internal organs.
If you are a senior, we invite you to contact our dental office in Birmingham, Alabama, by calling 205-853-4600 and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Reid Marshall. We will be more than happy to provide you with an evaluation, treatment plan, and beneficial information on your oral health so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy smile as you age.