Dental Issues Facing the Aging Population

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Dental Reflections in Dublin have recently been doing some community outreach at independent and assisted living facilities to spread the word about dental issues facing the aging population. This is important to us because many times we find those in these types of facilities have limited access to care when it comes to dental treatment. Being able to speak to the residents and give them tips about their oral health along with samples for dry mouth can make a difference. Here are the top 5 dental issues we see facing the aging population.

Dry mouth

there are over 1,800 commonly prescribed medications that list dry mouth as a side effect. Radiation treatments can also cause dry mouth leading to increased tooth decay. Saliva acts as a buffer to acidic foods and drinks we consume as well as a cleansing agent to the teeth. There are many dry mouth products out on the market today that can help combat the side effects and increase saliva flow.

Ill-fitting dentures

we commonly see elderly people with dentures that do not fit properly which can lead to sore spots on the gums as well as poor nutrition due to decreased chewing function. Having sore spots in the mouth can allow bacteria to access the bloodstream, travel to the heart and induce an infection throughout the body.

Dexterity

Arthritis can cause limitations to flossing and brushing properly. It is difficult to grip a toothbrush or manipulate floss in these cases. We have tricks and tips we can offer like placing a toothbrush in a tennis ball so that you can grip the tennis ball to allow for more effective brushing. There are also several floss aids to assist with flossing.

Missing teeth

teeth allow us to do many things we take for granted each day. Speaking, chewing and smiling is at the top of the list. Smiling helps with confidence and a person’s self-esteem. There are many solutions for missing teeth including dental implants, bridges, partials, and dentures.

No Dental Insurance

Typically when someone retires, they lose their medical and dental insurance. Just because you do not have dental insurance does not mean you can’t see a dentist. Many offices offer dental savings plans which are an affordable option for dental care. Our reflections savings plan is a great option for those without dental insurance.

We love to treat people of all ages and have a special place in our hearts for our elderly patients. It is life changing for us to make a difference in someone’s life and regain their ability to chew and speak and smile. Do not hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment for your loved one today!

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