Having a healthy smile is important for your overall health. While taking
care of your oral health is always important no matter your age, it becomes
vital as you get older. Working with Dr. Spalitto, who practices
family dentistry in St. Louis, can help you maintain great oral health as you age. Here are some of
the top dental health concerns for senior citizens.
People over the age of 60 are at higher risk for periodontal disease than
people of a younger age. Periodontal disease can cause red, inflamed,
and bleeding gums, and also tooth loss in severe cases. About a quarter
of adults ages 65-74 have had a diagnosis of severe periodontal disease.
Men, more so than women, are at risk for a severe diagnosis. Regular visits
to Dr. Spalitto’s family dentistry clinic in St. Louis can help
you keep your gums healthy as you age.
Just as with periodontal disease, your risk of tooth decay increases with
age. In particular, those who did not have access to fluoride in their
water growing up are diagnosed more often with issues of decay. One quarter
of adults in America over the age of 60 no longer have their adult teeth.
Older people will continue to have decay on the crowns of their teeth
and on the tooth roots, unless they have been removed during a root canal
procedure. Adults over the age of 60 see tooth decay more so than children.
Having missing teeth due to severe decay can cause pain when chewing food
and it can become difficult to speak properly, not to mention can make
you feel insecure about your smile.
Oral and pharyngeal cancers are a very real risk for people over the age
of 60. Over 30,000 people a year are diagnosed with these types of cancer
and many of them are above 60 years old.
Being that dental insurance is not covered under most health insurance
policies, many adults over the age of 60 are not covered. Medicare, which
gives people over the age of 65 health insurance, does not cover dental
work either. If you are over 60 and need dental work, Dr. Spalitto and
his team at West County Dental would love to talk with you to see how
he can help you gain a healthy, beautiful smile with affordable financing options.