As we get older our teeth require more care, and some extra exams to help your St. Johns dentist prevent and catch any complications to your oral health. Dr. Connelly is happy to provide services for seniors, to give the best care so your teeth stay healthy and strong for a lifetime.
What To Expect From A Dental Exam:
It’s important to schedule regular trips to your St. Johns dentist, to keep your teeth healthy. Dr. Connelly provides the best in senior care, whether you need a cleaning or are concerned about a change in your teeth. Some of the things that we look for during an exam include:
- Darkened Teeth – This is usually caused by a lifetime of eating staining foods and thinning of the enamel that allows the darker dentin of your teeth show.
- Dry Mouth – Dry mouth can be caused by a reduced saliva flow or even by some medications or cancer treatments.
- Diminished sense of taste – Age can diminish the sense of taste but dentures, medications and diseases can also contribute to this sensory loss.
- Root decay – As gum tissue recedes from the tooth, the root becomes exposed. Roots don’t have enamel to protect them and are more vulnerable to decay.
- Gum disease – Plaque buildup and food debris as well as tobacco use, poor fitting dentures, and certain disease can cause gum disease.
- Tooth loss – Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.
- Uneven jawbone – This is caused by not replacing missing teeth which allows the remaining teeth to shift.
- Denture induced inflammation – This can be caused by poor dental hygiene, ill-fitting dentures are a buildup of fungus.
- Thrush – Disease or drugs that affect the immune system can cause a buildup of fungus causing thrush.
Oral Cancer Screening
A thorough examination of the mouth, tongue and the lymph nodes surrounding the mouth and neck can help catch cancer early. These screenings examine all of the abnormalities in soft tissue to make sure none of them could be signs of oral cancer. Common abnormalities that can mimic signs of cancer include sores from biting the inside of your check, or from ill fitting dentures, as well as other benign ulcers. It’s important for you to pay attention to changes in your mouth or throat including irritation, discoloration, or hoarseness that doesn’t resolve itself with or without treatment in two weeks should be checked by your dentist.
Schedule Your Exam and Screening Today!
Getting your teeth cleaned and examined regularly can help prevent dangerous complications. If you are concerned about a change in your teeth or wish to schedule a regular exam with Dr. Connelly, contact us for an appointment.