Geriatric Dentistry

Quite frequently, the more mature population has recession along the gumline, and because tooth roots are softer than enamel, cavities that develop in roots can progress quickly. Once a person has exposed roots, and especially if a person has dry mouth, the person is at higher risk of cavities progressing quickly. The goal of geriatric dentistry is to be able to offer minimally invasive options that would strengthen the teeth and roots against further damage.

Certain medicines, especially those used to treat high blood pressure, depression, pain, cholesterol, allergies, and cancer, can reduce the flow of saliva. The more medications a person takes, the higher their likelihood for experiencing dry mouth. Dry mouth can result in a quick development and progression of cavities, especially along root surfaces.
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There are a number of options for those who experience dry mouth.

Of course the first is to stay hydrated – carry a water bottle and sip on it often.


Second, strengthening the outer layer of the tooth by using hydroxyapatite toothpaste, which helps to remineralize any weak areas of teeth, and using MI Paste (which is a paste that contains calcium and phosphate, which are the building-blocks of teeth, and help to strengthen teeth by replenishing minerals wherever they are lacking).

Third, reducing the rate plaque builds up on teeth, by swishing with coconut oil if possible (it disturbs the “biofilm” which is the sticky substance that bacteria uses to attach to teeth, and chewing xylitol containing gum (xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that bacteria mistake for sugar, but the bacteria can’t process it and end up overdosing on it)
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And fourth, using salivary stimulants and substitutes, including aloe vera and slippery elm bark. Avoiding toothpastes with sodium lauryl sulfate, avoiding alcohol based mouthwashes, and avoiding caffeinated and carbonated drinks can help too.


You can call us at 916-507-2122.
Most of us will get there someday, and will appreciate minimally invasive geriatric dentistry, which is specialized dental care for senior patients who may have more wear and tear on their teeth due to their long life, and may be more vulnerable to dental diseases and conditions. 

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