As you age, so do your teeth, gums, and mouth. You may find that you are experiencing different types of dental problems and hygiene issues than you did when you were younger. Dr. Walter Dukes offers senior dentistry in Santa Barbara, California, and surrounding areas so that you can receive the care you need to maintain a healthy smile during the later stages of your life. We welcome you to contact Mesa Dental at 805-963-1222 to make your appointment with our experienced dentist and learn more about how senior dentistry can help you.
The regular wear and tear that your teeth and gums experience can lead to the gradual deterioration of your oral structures, while some of the physical changes that occur to your mouth can put your teeth at greater risk for developing cavities or being damaged.
Some of the most common dental problems seniors encounter include:
- Dry mouth and cavities – Saliva helps to protect your teeth from decay-causing bacteria. Many seniors take medications that cause dry mouth as a side effect, increasing their risk of developing cavities. Our dentist will advise you how you can prevent this from occurring, and may recommend dietary modifications, fluoride gels, increased water consumption, or other options to relieve dry mouth and increase the amount of saliva in your mouth.
- Damaged teeth – The daily wear and tear on your teeth may eventually weaken them to the point where they crack and break. As a senior, you may find that you need more dental crowns or other restorative treatments to repair teeth that have been damaged. If your tooth has been damaged, or if you are concerned about damaged teeth in the future, please ask Dr. Walter Dukes about our restorative options.
- Missing teeth – You may lose teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or other factors. When you lose a tooth, it not only creates a gap in your smile, but also makes it more difficult for you to chew and speak, and can even lead to digestive problems. Fortunately, there are several options to replace your missing teeth. When you visit Mesa Dental, we will examine your mouth and review these options in order to provide you with excellent results for your smile and your oral health.
- Systemic conditions which affect oral health – Age-related illnesses can have a significant impact on your oral health. In fact, oral diseases such as periodontal disease have been linked to systemic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and osteoporosis. Research indicates that oral and systemic conditions can contribute to each other and even worsen pre-existing conditions.
We encourage you to contact our office and schedule a consultation with our caring dentist. Dr. Walter Dukes will thoroughly examine your mouth and develop an ongoing treatment plan to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful as you age.