Most people are not aware of the value of saliva in reducing the decay susceptibility in seniors. Dry mouth leads to a sticky surface on the tooth. Germs will cling better to a sticky surface versus a slippery surface.
Due to aging and prescription drugs, reduced saliva flow can occur and will dramatically cause a faster rate of decay.
Regular cleanings and fluoride will help keep decay under control. IF DENTAL PROBLEMS ARE APPARENT, DO NOT DELAY SEEING DR. CITRIN. It only gets worse and will lead to infection, potential medical complications and more extensive treatment.
Improve the Quality of your Life
When discussing treatment with my senior dental patients, The question I am often asked, “Why should I go through the costs and time to do this dental work?” This is a personal decision. Ask yourself: “What is quality of life worth to me?”” How important is it to me to be able to chew and eat the foods I want and not be afraid to smile?” “How will my smile and appearance affect the way I feel about myself?” Improving the quality of your life and how you feel about yourself should be the motivation to take care of your teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry for People over Age 60
Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of an aging smile. Many people over the age of 60 have some form of tooth loss, discolored or damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentistry uses special materials and advanced techniques to restore teeth to a more youthful, natural appearance.
Dental implants are an excellent alternative to traditional dentures or bridgework for replacing missing teeth. Once they are implanted in the jawbone, the implants act as an anchor. Dental implants are used to support a single crown, a bridge or even a full set of dentures. Removable dentures held in place by implants do not require the use of dental adhesives and will not move during eating. Alternatively, a fixed denture or fixed bridge can be permanently attached to dental implants. The result is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dental implants help prevent bone loss and are an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth.
Replacing Missing Teeth
For many seniors, the main goal is to replace teeth that have been lost. Missing teeth pose more than an aesthetic issue. The surrounding teeth may shift out of position toward gaps, and bacteria are more likely to grow in these gaps. Missing teeth can also cause difficulty with chewing and speaking and should be replaced.