Aging and Oral Health
It is simply a fact that older Americans are a larger part of our population year after year. Better health care, including dental care, plays a large role in this aging of our population. With more people living longer, however, there are greater challenges to be met by both our dentists and the populace to maintain good health for our patients in Carmichael.
Dental Challenges from Aging
As people age, they are more likely to have type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. The first disease directly affects oral health, as diabetes patients generally have a greater incidence of severe gum disease, called periodontitis. High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects the drugs that may be used during dental procedures.
Additionally, with age comes greater incidence of cancer and xerostomia, commonly called “dry mouth.” The former is largely a side effect of living long enough for tumors to develop to a noticeable stage. The latter is a consequence of certain medications that are often taken by older people.
Certainly, these are not the only potential oral health complications caused by aging. Wear on the teeth, advanced gum recession, bone loss — all of these affect both the state of dental health and the treatments that can be applied to maintain a quality life.
Prepared to Assist the Aged
The Marconi Dental Group is ready to assist our mature patients. We have specialists on staff to deal with advanced gum disease and the placement of dental implants. Our staff is trained to look for both oral cancer and high blood pressure in patients and to adapt our treatment protocols accordingly. And if you have xerostomia, we are ready to assist, through additional dental cleaning sessions to prevent tooth decay and dental products that moisten the mouth in place of saliva.
Aging does not have to mean a life with toothaches and missing teeth. By using dental technology, you can continue to enjoy a healthy, vigorous lifestyle. The Marconi Dental Group stands ready to help and assist our mature customers with their oral health needs.