As you age, many of the elderly face challenges in maintaining a healthy smile.

This happens because aging makes us more susceptible to more oral health problems.  Recent advances in dentistry makes it easier to address and

Prevent elderly dental issues effectively.  In addition, regular dental check-ups are essential to overall health

4 Most Common Dental Health Problems in the Elderly

(According to the National Institute of Dental Research)

  1. Dry Mouth

A common condition among elderly patients that most often leads to cavities. Dry mouth is not related to age, however, it is a side effect of some prescription drugs used to treat common diseases, such as, depression, pain and Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.

  1. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is considered a major problem among the elderly. It is caused by plaque build-up and tartar.  After a period of time, gum recession starts to take place and the roots become exposed.  This condition can also cause cavities, pain, inflammation, infection, and even tooth loss.

  1. Gum Disease

Gum disease is a frequent occurrence in the elderly. Gum disease develops over a long period of time and older individuals are more likely to experience gum disease than younger people.

  1. Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is common among elderly citizens. Research indicates that 27% of seniors over the age of 65 have several missing teeth. This can be attributed to smoking and poor dental hygiene among other causes.