In our previous post about common dental problems amongst seniors, we discussed how dry mouth and tooth decay can cause dental problems for seniors. Now in this post, we will talk about other common dental problems that can occur amongst seniors such as gum disease, oral cancer and tooth crowding.
Gum Disease – If you notice that your gums are red, swollen or are bleeding easily, then it might be a sign that you have gingivitis and it must be treated as soon as possible. If gingivitis gets left untreated it can eventually lead to periodontitis which can then cause an infection. Even the loss of bones or your teeth can happen if you don’t get treated immediately. The best way to avoid getting gingivitis it to make sure that you’re doing for regular dental appointments so that you can get your teeth cleaned and checked and if need be then your gums can get treated as well.
Oral Cancer – As we get older, the likelihood of us getting oral cancer can increase due to things such as smoking, or heavy drinking and even HPV. It is extremely important that if you smoke or drink that you decrease the amount of cut it out completely. It would also be a good idea for you to make sure that you get checked when you go for your regular visit to the dentist.
Teeth Crowding – Over the years, as we get older our teeth will begin shifting and at times that can become a bit of a problem. Sometimes with teeth shifting it can cause space within the teeth or it can cause our teeth to get crowded or cause food particles to get stuck in between or around the teeth. If your dentist notices a big change in the position of your teeth they make recommend that you go see an orthodontist. The Orthodontist may recommend that you get some type of orthodontic appliance to help shift your teeth so that you’re not having difficulty with cleaning. Teeth crowding is something that can be improved and fixed so don’t fret.
Remember to brush, floss and rinse properly and also to make sure that you’re drinking water after your meals if you can’t clean your mouth right away. If you haven’t visited your dentist, then be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible! Should you have questions or concerns, contact your local dentist so they may assist you.