More and more people are keeping their natural teeth and enjoying good dental health into their older years. However, there are still some dental and oral health issues which uniquely affect people as they age. Being aware of these problems can help you catch them early and maintain good oral health for a long time to come. Here are 5 dental problems in people over 50 that are commonly treated at the Edmonton dental clinics of Azarko Dental Group.
1) Teeth Crowding
It is not uncommon for older adults to experience a change in the shape and size of their oral and facial structures. As these structures shift, the teeth will often move around as well, with the most common result of this being that the teeth become too crowded. Crowded teeth can be more difficult to chew with and more difficult to properly clean.
2) Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is another common problem which can sometimes accompany age. Dry mouth may be due to various medications, medical conditions, or habits such as smoking. As saliva is important for washing away plaque and food particles, having a dry mouth can lead to oral and dental health problems.
3) Oral Cancer
As people grow older, their chances of developing oral cancer are significantly increased, particularly if they smoke or regularly consume alcohol. Thankfully, early diagnosis of oral cancer can make a major difference in prognosis. You definitely want to see an Edmonton dentist as soon as possible if you have any reason to suspect that you might have oral cancer.
4) Tooth Decay
The chances of experiencing tooth decay are also increased with age, as there has simply been more time for acid-producing plaque bacteria and acidic foods to attack the enamel of the teeth. Additionally, tooth enamel natural thins over time, leaving the tooth more susceptible to cavities. Good oral hygiene habits and regular professional teeth cleanings are a must for keeping tooth decay at bay.
5) Gum Disease
Just like tooth decay, the factors contributing to gum disease have simply had more time to develop in people over 50. As gum disease progresses, it may cause teeth to become loose and fall out. The good news is that, if caught early, gum disease is very treatable and reversible.
How Your Edmonton Dentist Can Help Keep These Problems at Bay
An experienced Edmonton dentist can help prevent, detect, and treat any of the dental health problems mentioned above. Of course, you need to keep up with your regular dental visits so that your dentist is able to keep tabs on your dental health over time.
At Azarko Dental Group our Edmonton dental clinics provide comprehensive oral health services for the whole family. We are familiar with how your oral and dental health needs might change over time, and we're here to help. Just visit one of our two locations today.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
969 James Mowatt Trail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4