As time progresses, you will notice that you are more susceptible to many health concerns. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Fortunately, Dr. Baier can help you understand and provide a range of procedures that can help improve your oral health at any age. Let’s address the most common dental problems for seniors and then, if any of these are a problem area for you, we’ll help you reach a solution.
Cavities and Dry Mouth
Even though dental cavities may occur at any age, seniors are particularly susceptible do to other age related physical changes. One of the most common oral health concerns associated with cavities is dry mouth. As you age, your mouth often begins to produce an inadequate amount of saliva. If you are experiencing the discomfort of dry mouth, please know that your risk for cavities is increasing. The reason for this increased risk is because saliva helps to flush out bacteria and food particles. When your saliva production decreases, your risk for allowing enamel damaging particles to remain in place increases.
A quick and painless oral cancer screening can save your life. Oral cancer screenings are painless and quick symptoms of mouth cancer include open sores, white patches, or red patches within your mouth. Often, you may not notice the telltale signs of oral cancer. It’s important for you to participate in regular visits with your dentist. Dr. Baier offers oral cancer screening so that it can be detected as early as possible. Take a few minutes of your time to get tested today.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Both Gingivitis and Periodontitis stem from bacteria being allowed to get out of control. If you notice symptoms such as red, swollen, or receding gums, it is very important that you discuss these with your dentist. If Gingivitis or Periodontitis is allowed to progress untreated, it will ultimately lead to tooth loss. Prevention and regular hygiene are always the best option when it comes to your oral health. Allowing your dental health to deteriorate will not only damage your oral health and confidence, but also create a costly treatment plan.
If you are experiencing any of the problems or symptoms described, please call Rodney Baier, DDS at (404) 851-9711 to set up an appointment as soon as possible.
The Rodney Baier DDS team is proud to provide individualized cosmetic and restorative dentistry to Atlanta and surrounding communities. Our practice’s mission is to provide personalized, relationship based care to each and every one of our patients. By understanding your concerns, we are able to help provide the best solutions for your dental and overall health.