This is a great time for seniors! High school students have been getting ready for graduation, prom, and looking forward to all their upcoming freedom.
College seniors are reminiscing about their years of hard work and getting ready to graduate and possibly join the “real world”, some of them might even get a job other than Starbucks.
The Baby Boomers are now starting to become that all-important group of people known as “senior citizens”! No matter what your definition of senior citizen is there is no question that today’s seniors are healthier and more active than ever before, and can expect to live many years past retirement.
One thing you may not know is that seniors have their own set of dental heal issues that need to be addressed. Here are some common topics we discuss with our senior patients at Dillon Family Dentistry.
• It’s all about your Roots!
When gums recede, the root surface of the tooth is frequently exposed. This area is much more porous than ones tooth enamel and thus more prone to cavities. Also, as the gums recede they open larger spaces between the teeth for food traps. Fluoride application and frequent dental visits can help control this difficult to treat problem.
• Are your teeth ticklish?
…and not in a funny way. Are they sensitive hot, cold or sweets?. A specialized toothpaste such a Sensodyne may help. Be sure to consult us if the problem persists.
We also have a variety of products and procedures we can do to help eliminate the sensitivity more definitively.
• Do you have mouth drought?!
As we all get older, our salivary flow can decrease, and many medications also can cause dry mouth. Make sure you stay properly hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (sorry – not alcoholic beverages which can lead to even more drying!). We can recommend specific products and rinses to help alleviate the discomfort.
• It’s all part of it!
Believe it or not, many health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer can affect your oral health. Many sinus infections can be the result of a dental infection. Headaches are frequently caused by bite problems simply fixed by a dentist. Please be sure to review your current medical conditions with us so that we can make any proper recommendations.
• Be true to your teeth or they’ll be false to you!
In the old days it was assumed that aging meant the loss of teeth. Fortunately these days, especially with the help of regular dental visits, that simply isn’t true! But if you have lost some or all of your teeth, the options these days are better than ever! People of any age should be able to eat comfortably, speak normally, and smile attractively!!
Whether you are a high school senior, college senior, senior citizen, or anything else – at Dillon Family Dentistry we are here for you!
Please give us a call today at 610-525-5497 to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. You may also visit our website www.brynmawrdentalcare.com. We are here for you!