Seniors have certain specific concerns and dental needs. These are the frequently asked questions at Jeff Velasquez DDS, Long Beach Dentist.
Why Do I suddenly have so many cavities?
One of the most common causes of cavities on seniors is DRY MOUTH due to medications. Decreased salivary flow results to dry mouth hence increases the chances of getting cavities. Saliva neutralizes acid, help wash away food residues from eating, and also contains elements that helps repair early tooth damage and decay. Proper oral care, nutrition & regular dental check up is recommended.
Why do I experience more & more teeth sensitivity?
As we age, our teeth becomes more sensitive due to receding gums over time. Gum disease, grinding and wrong brushing techniques cause gum recession which can result to exposure of the roots of the teeth. All of these in turn causes sensitivity. We recommend using soft bristled toothbrush and certain toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Am I at a higher RISK for oral Cancer as I grow older?
Yes, oral cancer is a concern. Regular trips to the dentist facilitates early detection. Most importantly, when you are a smoker, heavy alcohol user or has family history of the disease, you are at a high risk.
Are Implants a better OPTION for my dentures?
Implants are the best options replacing dentures and missing teeth. There are factors to consider whether a patient is a good candidate for implant. It depends on your age, health, bone amount & density and finances. Only your dentist and you can decide on your course of treatment.
Do I still need dental check up even if I am wearing FULL Dentures?
Yes, your dentures may become loose over time due to continuous recession of bone caused by stress of chewing. (That's why Implants are a better option) Dentures need regular reline and adjustment. Oral health doesn't only involve your teeth but your gums & surrounding tissues.
Dr. Jeff D. Velasquez