Posts for category: AGING
Fighting the signs of aging seems to be a common theme in our country. Although billions are spent on potions, pills, creams, and fad diets, all in the name of maintaining that youthful appearance, recent studies are now revealing the link to sugar. As a dentist, our profession has long been concerned about sugar and decay, but now there appears to be new evidence that "long sugar chains formed from simple sugar molecules" can lead to many health problems, including cancer, aging, and autoimmune diseases.
The National Academy of Sciences suggests that mapping these "glycans" may have "the potential to aid physicians in diagnosing and treating their patients," because "in the future, it is likely that analysis of an individual's glycans will be used to predict our risk for developing diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or even food allergies." The authors add that "biological processes like aging are linked to inflammation in our glycome," but "it remains to be tested if reversing these changes can help prevent disease, or even slow aging," which is an intriguing possibilty.
So the next time you reach for that candy bar or sugar-filled energy drink, remember that it could be hastening your aging process! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment call our office at 918-455-0123!
An estimated 19% of the U.S. population will be 65 years or older by 2030. Untreated coronal tooth decay is present in 19% of seniors in our country. Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is an emerging caries preventive management strategy that is cost-effective, safe, and readily available. Although SDF has been shown to be effective in decay prevention and arrest in children, few randomized controlled clinical trials have been published regarding its effectiveness in older populations.
Hypersensitivity is one of the common problems associated with acid demineralization of the tooth. Studies have been shown that SDF can prevent and even arrest the problem. Furthermore, additional studies in children, young adults, and middle-aged adults suggest that SDF could be effective at halting and preventing coronal decay in the senior population as well. This could lead to retention of natural teeth in older adults that are challenged by chronic illnesses and dysfunctional physiological processes.
As all Americans continue to age and the increase of decay rises in the geriatric population, SDF may become a critical treatment option in keeping teeth healthy for a lifetime. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
As you grow older, your mind may be preoccupied with the health of your bones, heart, or brain. However, keeping your teeth healthy is an equally important part of the aging process. Older adults are at an increased risk for a variety of oral health conditions, which makes it essential for every patient to speak with your dentist to create a prevention plan that's best for you!
ORAL HEALTH CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH AGING
Just as the rest of your body continues to change as you age, your mouth changes, too. Certain conditions become more likely to develop as you reach older adulthood, including:
- DRY MOUTH. Although your salivary glands continue to produce saliva as you become older, medications and chronic health problems often cause a dry mouth.
- ROOT DECAY. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but improper nutrition or cleaning may lead to decay at the roots of your teeth.
- DIMINISHED SENSE OF TASTE. Your eyesight and hearing are not the only senses affected by aging. The ability to taste naturally diminishes over the course of the older adulthood.
- TISSUE INFLAMMATION. Are your gums tender, bleeding, or inflamed? Tissue inflammation may indicate gum disease or may be a consequence of wearing dentures that don't fit well.
- ORAL CANCER. Risk for most cancers increases with age, and oral cancer is no exception. Older adults area at increased risk for oral cancer compared to younger individuals.
WAYS TO PREVENT DENTAL PROBLEMS
- DIET. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables. Choosing water over coffee or soda can keep your teeth whiter and cavity-free. Also, remember that two minute twice daily brushing and flossing are essential habits to prevent cavities and gum diease at any age.
- REGULAR DENTAL VISITS. Visiting the dentist twice a year is vitally important when you reach older adulthood. Your dentist is familiar with your oral health and may be the first person to notice a sore, discolored patch, inflammation, or other abnormality that may indicate oral cancer or gum disease.