As health status evolves with age, Rochester dental team’s preventive, family focus remains unchanged
As a family practice designed with patients of all ages in mind, we know the importance of establishing a foundation for good oral health among our youngest patients.
We also recognize how even those with consistently good oral hygiene can develop conditions in their golden years caused by chronic diseases and medications that inhibit saliva production and promote tooth decay.
Somewhere in the middle are our adult patients who may be taking care of both children and aging parents. We understand patients may be grappling with a multitude of work and family demands. It’s important to stay healthy for the good of both you and your family. A healthy mouth reflects and fosters a healthy body.
Disease doesn’t age-discriminate
It’s estimated that 34 percent of Michiganders aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth. Gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss. More than half of adult Americans in this age range reportedly have gingivitis, with 16 percent suffering from the most destructive types of periodontal disease.
Gum disease is preventable and damage caused by this condition is reversible in its earliest stage. It’s important to keep up with regular professional examinations, cleanings, and good home care.
Medical conditions may develop with age or become more disruptive over time. Everything from allergies and asthma to anemia and diabetes can negatively affect the health of your mouth.
For one, diabetes will reportedly affect one out of three Americans at some point in their lives. Each year 1.7 million people, aged 20 and older, develop this disease. Uncontrolled diabetes is associated with severe gum disease and slow healing after surgical procedures.
The following medications to manage and treat conditions may put you at a greater risk of mouth ulcers, inflamed tissues, and abnormal bleeding:
- High blood pressure medications
Personal and professional commitments may place tremendous stress on your schedule. You know this stress isn’t good for your heart. It’s also not good for your teeth.
Stress and fatigue may give rise to mouth sores, while teeth grinding is anxiety-related. You may clench your teeth at night or during the day without realizing it. This can cause chipping and structural damage, not to mention TMJ problems.
If you’re too busy to eat nutritious meals, or stress makes sugary snacks and drinks seem tastier than usual, these habits support the development of dental plaque and tooth decay. When very busy and stressed, you may be tempted to cut corners on the very hygiene that prevents cavities and gum disease.
As your Rochester family dental provider, John L. Aurelia, DDS, PLLC will get you and your loved ones on a maintenance or treatment plan. Call (248) 243-6044 to schedule an appointment, the first step to better health.
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