Taking care of your teeth should be a priority! No matter what your age, it is important to maintain good oral health. In fact, there are many recent studies that have shown there is a critical connection between dental health and the overall condition of your body!
But as we get older, especially past the age of 55, our bodies change and therefore the dental condition of our teeth, gums and decay can change. A change to our physical condition and introduction of disease can further complicate senior dental health.
Many diseases of the body have symptoms that appear in the oral cavity. Through regular dental exams a geriatric dentist can find evidence of conditions such as anemia, diabetes, osteoporosis or arthritis. Gum disease can occur at any age, but is more prevalent in the elderly. For example, diabetes may reduce the senior’s ability to fight bacteria that gets trapped around the teeth. When gums become inflamed, teeth may become loose.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 25% of all adults over the age of 60 do not have their natural teeth. At Dental Solutions for Seniors, Dr. Avola has the training and experience to properly construct and fit dentures. New techniques are being developed for dentures as implant dentistry is now popular. Dentures that do not fit properly can cause pain and lead to loss of appetite.
Oral cancer is most common among seniors. Because early detection is critical in cancer survival rates, Dr. Avola always offers free oral cancer exams as a separate procedure or in combination with the many other services offered. At Dental Solutions for Seniors, we offer comprehensive dental services to prevent dental disease, repair compromised teeth and replace lost teeth.