Dry mouth is a very common problem in older people. It is often seen as a side effect of many types of medication and can be also because of radiotherapy involving the salivary glands, and several diseases which can cause hypo salivation or a change in saliva consistency. Your dentist at Tooth-n-Gum Dental will assess you and give advice about the treatment for dry mouth.
Another very common dental problem in the elderly who have teeth but the gums have receded is root caries. Root caries occurs where the gums have receded (shrunk) away to expose the root of the tooth. Unlike the crown of the tooth that is covered by enamel, the root is made of dentin which decays much easier. Changes in the amount of saliva in your mouth can also put you at increased risk for developing caries. Saliva contains many chemicals that keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Many medications, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and some diseases can cause your salivary glands not to make enough saliva and therefore make cavities and other mouth problems more likely to occur.
Why not book at Tooth-n-Gum Dental for a regular dental check-up and then your friendly dentist can check your mouth and advise you appropriately.
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Tooth-n-Gum Dental is a general dental practice. We provide oral health care for patients in all age groups. Treatments available at Tooth-n-Gum Dental include Dental Checkups, Scale & Clean, White Fillings, Wisdom Tooth Extractions, Root Canal Treatment(RCT) and Gum (perio) diseases treatment.View more
Cosmetic dentistry comprises of an extensive range of dental procedures designed to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some of the Cosmetic Dentistry treatments offered at Tooth-n-Gum Dental include Porcelain Crowns, Porcelain Veneers, Dental Brdges, Dentures and Teeth Whitening.View more
Elderly patients are prone to dental diseases such as root caries, attrition, gingival recession, missing teeth, poor quality of alveolar ridges, ill-fitting dentures, oral ulceration, dry mouth and rampant caries. Our Dentist can assess you and give advice about the treatment options available to you.View more
Tooth-n-Gum Dental provides wide range dental services for children including relief of pain, restorative and preventative services, and maintenance of dental health. We recommend that every child starts visiting the dentist from the age of 2, just to get used to the dental environment.View more