Just as children have specific dental issues so do senior citizens. As we age our risks for discolored teeth, dry mouth and gum disease to name a few, increases. A family dentist is aware of the susceptibility and can work with patients for prevention and restoration.

A good portion of the aging population are taking some kind of medication. Hundreds of these medications can result in dry mouth, a condition which is symptomized by a decrease in the production of natural saliva. This lack of moisture in the mouth can lead to an increased risk for tooth decay. Saliva is needed to wash away food particles that when left behind can mix with bacteria to cause infection. Chewing sugar free gum and drinking more water are often recommended for patients suffering from dry mouth.

The passing years can take a toll on our teeth. As the outer layer of enamel begins to wear down the yellowish dentin underneath will start to show through. The more we expose our teeth to foods and drinks that cause staining the more extreme the effect will be.

Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup. One of the repercussions is that the gums start to recede from our teeth making the unprotected roots more vulnerable to decay. Ill fitting dentures can irritate the gums and contribute to the discomfort of gum disease for the wearer.

It’s hard to perform everyday tasks if you are restrained by arthritis. You may no longer be able to manipulate your wrist so that the bristles of your toothbrush can reach into the nooks and crannies between your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing is absolutely necessary for your oral health however, so if arthritis is a problem your dentist may suggest using an electronic brush. Follow up with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Spokane Valley Dentistry makes ample time for every patient. Dr. Conway is available to answer questions and address the concerns of patients following a dental procedure or a routine checkup. Call 509-926-6261 to schedule your appointment.