As you get older, your oral health can change. Common problems faced by older people include tooth loss, tooth decay, and gum disease. It’s more likely that prescription medications are needed as we age. These can cause a variety of side effects including dry mouth (xerostomia).
A loss of teeth can affect appearance, potentially damaging self-esteem and self-confidence as well as the ability to communicate clearly with others. These issues can affect your ability to eat properly and to enjoy a variety of foods. If you can’t eat a nutritious diet, it can negatively impact your overall health. Poor oral health has been connected with serious overall health problems that include diabetes, aspiration pneumonia and cardiovascular disease.
A good preventative dental care is even more important as you age and we can help you by providing a tailor-made preventative dental care plan based on your dental and medical history. Also, solutions like dental implants can restore missing teeth and your ability to eat comfortably and to smile and talk with confidence. If a dry mouth is an issue, we can help with that too, reducing its effect on your oral health.