Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Did you know that one in 5 Americans over the age of 65 are experiencing untreated tooth decay (also referred to as cavities or caries)?
When cavities and gum problems are left untreated, teeth can become painful, loose, or broken. In some cases, these issues make it harder to eat and may even cause changes in physical appearance. Many may feel less productive or experience low self-esteem because of poor oral health.
We’re fortunate to live at a time when adults are less likely to lose their teeth as they age. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that tooth decay and gum disease – two of the most common mouth diseases – remains a risk, especially for older adults.
If you’re a senior, several things may put you at an increased risk for tooth and root decay. Here are some of the most common:
These factors might explain why approximately 50% of people over age 75 have root cavities affecting at least one tooth, and why about 25% of seniors have experienced bone loss around the teeth as a result of advanced gum disease. Without early intervention, these issues become increasingly difficult to treat.
Another issue affecting the oral health of older adults is that, compared to younger generations, seniors experienced higher rates of dental cavities and tooth removal as young adults. This history can lead to greater challenges for dental treatment later in life.
No matter your age, you can always take steps to improve your oral health. Brush and floss daily, and make sure to keep up with your regular dentist visits, including cleanings, exams, and X-rays.
If we can be of any assistance with your oral health, or if you just have questions call us at (239) 564-3100
Smilecreator Of Naples, Dr. Nilo Hernandez