We are all hopeful that our teeth will last a lifetime, but the sad reality is that most seniors require specialized dental care to maintain their oral health and a beautiful smile. Seniors often notice a resurgence of cavities as they age with normal wear and tear. One reason is dry mouth which can be a normal part of aging, but it is also a side effect of over five hundred prescribed medications. Approximately 20 percent of seniors experience excessive dry mouth. For this reason alone, it is important to tell the dentist the medications that have been prescribed for you and the dosage. The salivary glands help to prevent tooth decay by keeping your mouth moist to control bacteria that can cause infections, gum disease, and cavities.
If you have a dry mouth, the dentist may make some recommendations to improve this condition. Oral moisturizers are helpful as well as drinking more water throughout the day because the mouth needs constant lubrication. Chewing sugar-free gum is ideal for stimulating the production of saliva. Some patients have experienced good results with Serrapeptase. Others prefer a humidifier to put moisture in the air. These are just a few recommendations.
To maintain good oral health, it is important to visit this dentist Baton Rouge on a regular basis to alleviate any problems before they become a major issue.
Grand Family Dentistry
5422 Jones Creek Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70817