As you grow older, so do your teeth, gums, and mouth. Morton Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry offers senior dentistry to help you take care of your smile and maintain good oral health during the later stages of your life. We welcome you to call us at 770-973-0141 to learn more about senior dentistry in Marietta, Georgia, and schedule your appointment with our caring dentists.
As you age, you may experience different dental health and hygiene issues than you did when you were younger. Some of the physical changes to your mouth that occur with age can put your teeth at greater risk, while decades of daily wear and tear can lead to the gradual deterioration of your oral structures.
Some of the most common dental problems you may face as you age include:
- Dry Mouth and Cavities – Saliva protects your tooth enamel from the bacteria that cause decay. Many seniors take prescribe or over-the-counter medications for various age-related medical problems. These medications often cause dry mouth as a side effect. If you are experiencing dry mouth, you may be at greater risk for developing cavities. Our dentists can advise you on preventive measures, and may recommend fluoride gels, dietary modifications, increased water consumptions, lozenges, or chewing gum to help alleviate the effects of dry mouth and increase the saliva in your mouth.
- Damaged Teeth – The more abuse and damage your tooth absorbs, the more likely it is to eventually crack and break. As a senior, you may need more crowns than you did in your younger years. Our dentists can provide you with durable, attractive crowns to protect and reinforce your teeth.
- Missing Teeth – You may lose teeth as you age due to periodontal disease, injuries, or other events. These gaps in your smile make it harder for you to chew, and may cause digestive problems. We offer several treatments to restore your teeth, including implants, dentures, and bridges.
- Systemic Conditions Affecting Dental Health – Age-related illnesses, such as diabetes, can have an effect on your oral health. Oral diseases such as periodontal disease can also affect your overall health as the bacteria in your mouth migrate to your internal organs.
If you are a senior, we invite you to contact our dentists and schedule a consultation at our office. We can provide you with an evaluation, treatments, and additional information on your oral health so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy smile as you age.