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Common Oral Health Concerns in Senior Citizens

The human body is a piece of art, intricate, perfect and wise. At every stage in the life of an adult, the bodily processes are different, for this reason the main health focus will also change. It is not a surprise that the oral health concerns of a teenager might be very different from an older adult.

Some of the most common concerns for the older adult about their oral health are:

Dry Mouth – Women notice this reduction in saliva very often during menopause. Men also experience a reduction in salivary flow. Saliva is important in the mastication process by washing food and debris and neutralizing the acids produced by cavity-forming bacteria. Dry mouth can also be a result from medical procedures such as Cancer treatments and some medications.

Gum Disease – This condition is caused by plaque which accumulates in-between teeth. Practices such as smoking tobacco, poor diets, and poor-fitting dentures and bridges can cause this condition to worsen, as well as diseases such as anemia, cancer or diabetes.

Candida Albicans – It is a fungus, it can appear when certain diseases or medications affect the overall immunity system, causing an overgrowth of candida in the mouth.

Denture-induced Stomatitis – It is a condition caused by ill-fitting dentures and poor dental hygiene causing inflammation of the tissue underlying a denture and Candida Albicans.

Taste – There is a sensory loss causing a diminished sense of taste, certain diseases, medications and dentures can also make this condition more prominent.

Root Decay – As the roots of teeth become more exposed due to receding gums, they are more exposed to cavity-forming bacteria.

By: Prisma Dental

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Common Oral Health Concerns In Senior Citizens
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