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Dental Care for Seniors

Older, happy coupleAs the years fly by, you may find that you have a more difficult time keeping your teeth bright. The flow of saliva might reduce over time, and you’ve noticed that your sense of taste seems to have changed. Why?

The ageing process has numerous effects on your oral health. At Blockhouse Bay Dental Centre, we understand the changes that take place and how to address them so that you don’t have to be concerned with problems relating to your mouth or teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have my teeth started to darken?

As you grow older, plaque can build up quicker than it used to and is present in higher amounts. It contributes to a feeling of film on your teeth. Additionally, the core of the tooth called dentine changes, which can darken teeth. If you have small cracks in your teeth from wear and tear, they can pick up stains easily.

If you’d like to give your smile a rejuvenated appearance, we provide teeth whitening options.

What causes dry mouth?

Older adults often report experiencing a reduced flow of saliva. There are medical disorders that cause it and medications that list it as a side effect, including painkillers, antihistamines, diuretics and decongestants.

There are associated problems with dry mouth such as speaking difficulties, a sore throat, hoarseness, a burning sensation and dry nasal passages. If left untreated, dry mouth can cause damage to your teeth. An adequate flow of saliva lubricates the mouth, washes away food and neutralises the acids that are responsible for cavity formation.

We’ll be happy to make product recommendations to alleviate dry mouth.

Why has my sense of taste altered?

If you take certain medications or wear dentures, you might notice that your sense of taste has decreased. Dentures cover much of your taste buds, which can reduce your ability to enjoy food. Your appetite may not be as robust as it used to be due to the change in your sense of taste.

How often do I need to visit the dentist?

What we recommend for your examinations and checkups will depend on your oral health and likelihood of dental diseases. Even if you only have some teeth remaining, you should have still schedule visits every six months so that you can preserve your teeth. Those with full dentures can have a check every 2-3 years to make sure the mouth is healthy and the dentures are fitting properly.

Contact us today to get attention for seniors’ health Blockhouse Bay! We accept insurance cover.

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Dental Care for Seniors Blockhouse Bay | 09 627 9970

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