Dry Mouth In Older Patients
- Posted on: May 15 2018
May is Older Americans Month, and we want to take this opportunity to discuss a common dental issue that occurs in men and women who are over 65 years old. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, may lead to decay under bridges and crowns, and you may need to replace these teeth with dental implants.
How Does Dry Mouth Affect Oral Health in Older Patients?
Saliva plays an important role in helping to keep bacteria and plaque from forming on your teeth. Patients over 65 often develop cavities because they have inadequate saliva to keep the teeth clean. Patients with crowns and bridges may experience tooth decay under the bridge or crown for the same reason.
What Causes Dry Mouth in Patients Over 65?
The natural aging process affects our tissues, including gums and teeth. We also produce less saliva as we get older. Other factors that may cause dry mouth include medications and medical conditions. If you have dry mouth, check the side effects of your medications, and speak with your doctor about switching to medications that minimize dry mouth. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are linked to dry mouth. Men and women with these conditions require extra support to ensure that their teeth and gums are cleaned properly.
Why are Dental Implants Recommended for Older Patients?
Over your lifetime, you may have had crowns, bridges and root canals to preserve teeth that were damaged by tooth decay. Unfortunately, these teeth are susceptible to decay in patients with xerostomia. Dr. Garza may recommend replacing these natural teeth with implants to prevent the decay from damaging the gums and bone.
What If I Have a Bridge?
Dr. Garza uses a technique that combines dental implants with bridges. The implants replace your current crowns, and the All-On-4 technique can be used for a full-arch replacement.
Learn More About the Benefits of Dental Implants. Contact Dr. John A. Garza.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, CEREC, veneers and our other services, contact Dr. John A. Garza to schedule an appointment at our Gilbert, Arizona, office. You can also reach us directly at (480) 539-7979.
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