Central, HK dentist provides biological dental care tailored to seniors
Central, HK is home to nearly 7.5 million people. About 1.5 million of them (more than 20 percent) are age 60 or older. Like every other part of their bodies, the mouth changes as they age. A different approach to dental care, with products, materials, and techniques focused on mature needs, is in order for these senior patients.
Dental problems common to mature mouths
Of the health challenges faced by older adults, dental problems are among the most frequent. Common oral issues include:
- Tooth decay – Kids are not the only ones who get cavities. Dental caries is prevalent in the 65 and older group. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, a primary component of gum tissue. As gums shrink and recede, the root structure of teeth is exposed. Since roots do not have a protective covering of enamel, these areas are easy prey for the attack of harmful oral bacteria. Untreated tooth decay leads to foul breath, teeth fracturing and pieces breaking off, and possible abscess that can eventually spread infection to bone.
- Periodontal disease – Hundreds of strains of bacteria live in the mouth. While some are beneficial, starting the process of digestion, others are destructive. They produce acids that irritate soft tissues, causing gums to pull away from teeth. That triggers a cycle where bacteria infiltrate deeper. If you do not get gum disease under control, it will eventually result in tooth loss. In addition, pathogens that cause gum disease are linked to grave systemic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Seniors with reduced mobility, which makes it more difficult to brush teeth thoroughly, are at higher risk.
- Persistent dry mouth – Saliva production lessens as we get older. Since saliva is a natural lubricant, cleanser, and mineral supplement, dry mouth contributes to dental decay and gum disease. It can also cause a great deal of discomfort. Mature individuals may be more prone to gum disease from certain chronic illnesses and medications, or dietary and hydration deficiencies.
- Denture fit – Over time, oral structures change. Bone mass diminishes and facial muscles lose strength. That can cause dentures to feel loose and wobbly, or to rub sore spots. Ill-fitting dentures have a big impact on quality of life, from self-confidence to healthy eating.
- Oral cancer – About 10.5 of every 100,000 adults develops an oral cancer. That figure jumps to nearly 34 percent for ages 60 to 69, and to 40 percent after age 70. This is due in part to the cumulative effect of environmental exposure to carcinogens over a lifetime. The 50 percent overall five-year survival rate improves significantly with early detection and treatment.
Dental care in Central, HK tailored to the needs of senior patients
The healthiest and most economical approach to dental care for senior patients is three-pronged – prevention, prompt intervention, and bio-friendly treatment solutions.
Adequate nutrition is essential for a senior age group. A true biological dentist provides dietary guidance that promotes overall wellness, which in turn fosters oral health. Regular dental checkups are vital to avoiding oral problems. Visit your holistic dentist twice a year, or more often if recommended due to your individual health status – even if you are edentulous, with none of your natural teeth remaining. During these visits, the dentist outlines a home routine including appropriate tools, such as a power toothbrush or oral irrigation device, and the most appropriate products.
Regular dental examinations are critical to detecting oral problems early, when they can be treated most effectively for a favorable outcome. The goal is to identify decay, gum disease, fracture, damaged dental work, or a suspicious lesion in its early stages, and treat it promptly. That can mean the difference between a lot or a little discomfort and expense.
Biological dentistry employs the safest available materials and methods to resolve dental problem. This include mercury-free fillings and non-metal restorations. Advanced testing and analysis techniques help to determine toxicity levels in the body, so the dentist can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your own chemistry. Treatment options are explained clearly and thoroughly, so you are in a good position to make informed dental healthcare decisions.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean having an unattractive or uncomfortable mouth. Knowledgeable senior dental care is available in Central, HK. Call 852 2810 1801 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Titania Tong.