Family dentists see patients of all ages and treatment plans are developed with that in mind, dentistry is not a “one size fits all” operation.
Prevention is key no matter what the age group, we all want to keep our natural teeth for as long as possible. The older you are the more dental work you have probably undergone and fillings and crowns can wear down after time. Your dentist can evaluate the damage during a regular checkup so that restorations can be replaced or repaired asap. When a filling, for instance, breaks away the tooth becomes more vulnerable to infectious bacteria.
As people age, they are more likely to be taking an over the counter or a prescribed medication for some malady or another. Certain of these medications can cause side effects, one of them being “dry mouth.” Dry mouth is a common cause of cavities in older adults but there are several ways to combat it. Your dentist may recommend that you concentrate on staying hydrated throughout the day and try to stimulate the flow of your natural saliva by chewing sugarless gum or crunching on fruits and veggies.
Dental patients who suffer from arthritis in their fingers or wrist joints may begin to find it more difficult to brush and floss. Dentists can recommend products and offer advice about new diagnostic technology that has improved and how to make home dental care a little easier.
Consult with Dr. Braasch of Meadow Hills Dental in Aurora about the dental issues particular to a certain age. Call the office at 303-625-6757.