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4 Common Senior Dental Health Concerns for Austin Dentistry Patients

4 Common Senior Dental HealthAt every age, our smiles are at risk for specific oral health concerns, and special care is necessary at every stage of dental development to ensure patients maintain their healthiest smiles. At Access Dental, we are dedicated to helping patients of all ages achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles, and that includes our senior patients. As we age, teeth need specific care to avoid damage, decay, and tooth loss. We’re here to help seniors understand their greater risks for specific oral health concerns and help them keep their beautiful, natural smiles.

1 – Dry Mouth

One common oral health condition that often arises for older adults is dry mouth. This oral health concern may occur for a number of reasons, including an increase in prescription medications taken by patients as they age. Whatever the cause, dry mouth is not pleasant for the patient, and the lack of neutralizing saliva in the mouth can lead to serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease. There are a number of ways we can help patients with dry mouth, including oral rinses, lozenges, and prescription hygiene products.

2 – Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is most common for young patients who participate in sports and older patients with poor oral hygiene. The connective tissues that support teeth breakdown without proper care at any age, but for older patients, it can be more difficult to prevent these concerns. Unfortunately, it can also be a struggle to reverse damage once it’s done. We partner with patients to prevent oral health issues up to and including tooth loss with regular dental checkups. We also provide a variety of tooth replacement options to restore patients’ smiles, following the loss of any number of teeth.

3 – At-Home Hygiene Difficulties

Patients who struggle with arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and other chronic health conditions that affect motor skills will likely begin to have difficulties when brushing and flossing teeth. Luckily, there are many products that can make this easier. We may recommend using an electric toothbrush and/or water flosser. These tools make it possible for you to keep your teeth and gums free from plaque without struggling with more traditional oral hygiene products.

4 – Gum Disease

Periodontal, gum, disease affects patients at increasing rates as they age. In fact, just from the age of 30 to 35, patients are 30% more likely to suffer from gum disease. We can provide more frequently professional teeth cleanings, guidance to improve at-home care, and prescription hygiene products to help patients prevent gum disease as they age.

How Access Dental Can Help

If you’re looking for personalized dental health care at any age, look no further than Access Dental. Our four Austin dentistry practices located on Rundberg Lane, William Cannon Drive, East 7th Street, and Ed Bluestein welcome patients of all ages. Our skilled dentists and team members will create a personalized treatment plans to keep your smile healthy. If you want to learn more about how to maintain your healthiest smile at any age, give the Access Dental team a call today. We’ll be happy to answer questions over the phone or schedule a consultation appointment for you to sit down and talk to us about any oral health concerns.