(WXOW) – The month of May recognizes and celebrates many things in the U.S., but one topic it acknowledges, in particular, is “Older American Month.”
Dr. Christine Jones from Coulee Family Dental said it is particularly essential for older Americans to visit the dentist so they can identify tooth problems when they are small and more comfortable to solve before someone experiencing pain and discomfort and possibly lose a tooth or two.
Dr. Jones said when she checks elderly patients mouths, she does not just look for cavities, but also decay and other conditions like gum disease and oral cancer.
When it comes to older patients, many may be on multiple medications. Dr. Jones said this could result in dry mouth. Jones said she recommends her patients drink a lot of water, avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages, and if that does not work, she said that individual should talk to their dentist about dry mouth products like mouth rinses or tablets they can use.
Dr. Jones said if you smoke cigarettes, it’s not too late to quit. She said beyond various forms of cancer, gum disease that could form from smoking cigarettes could make dental procedures such as implants difficult.