Are You Over 60? 2 Dental Problems You Should Watch Out For

Posted on: 25 June 2017


As people get older they often have more health issues compared to when they were young. This includes dental problems that you can have due to age. Below is some information about two of these problems so you will know what to watch out for.

Increased Chance of Mouth Cancer

You also have an increased risk of mouth cancer once you become older. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 49,670 people will get mouth cancer. The common age most people have this type of cancer is 62.

If you see your dentist regularly they check for signs of mouth cancer. This is important because if it is found in the early stages you have an increased risk of surviving. You may also not have any symptoms at all when this cancer first starts, and once you start having symptoms it is in the late stages, which greatly reduces your chances of survival.

You should also check your mouth regularly for problems. Some signs of this type of cancer includes open mouth sores, and reddish or white patches on the lips, lining of the mouth, and tongue. If you notice any changes inside your mouth or lips at all you should have them checked immediately.

Increased Chance of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease. This can happen if you have plaque built up on your teeth because plaque is full of bacteria. This will irritate your gums and cause them to become swollen and red. Your gums will also bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. You will likely not notice any signs when this disease first starts because symptoms will not start showing up until it is in the late stages.

If not taken care of, your gums will start to recede and form deep pockets where food particles, as well as plaque, can collect. Over time, this disease will destroy your gums, ligaments, and bones that support your teeth and then you could lose all or some of your teeth.

Fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated to save your teeth. This is especially true if the dentist finds it in the early stages. Periodontal disease can be prevented if you take proper care of your teeth. This includes seeing your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings, as well as brushing and flossing your teeth each day.

Talk to a local dentist about these two problems and they can give you much more information.