Dry mouth, tooth decay and dexterity issues in Baby Boomers!

As Baby Boomers continue to age, Dr. Fred Schroeder and Dr. Thad Schroeder observe and diagnose many common oral health concerns within that unique population. As a service to our patients, we love to review common concerns and simple treatments that may be of use for the Baby Boomers.

Baby Boomers

  • Dry Mouth

Xerostomia (dry mouth) is an extremely common oral concern for those on a myriad of medications, have a history of systemic disorders, or are chronically dehydrated. Although salivary substitutes like Biotene may be of some help, we find a few lifestyle changes can help resolve many complaints. These lifestyle changes include taking regular sips of fluoridated water, chewing sugar-free gum and avoiding alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and sugar consumption. Diuretics like caffeine and alcohol drastically reduce the bodies water volume which has a direct impact on saliva production!

  • Tooth decay

Cavities are 3x more likely to be diagnosed in those with chronic dry mouth. Furthermore, Saliva contains important minerals, enzymes, and buffers to fight decay-causing bacteria. Most importantly, maintaining excellent oral hygiene and following the lifestyle changes above must be followed to avoid future decay.

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  • Manual dexterity/Oral Hygiene

It can be difficult to watch friends and family lose manual dexterity or tremor with age. This does not necessarily mean their  oral health must wane as a consequence. Many of our patients find Waterpik’s to be extremely useful in lieu of flossing. Also, we suggest placing a tennis ball around the handle of your toothbrush if brushing becomes difficult as it does for many Baby Boomers. Find a picture above of the suggested augmentation.

 

As always, if you have questions or are in need of a cleaning, feel free to give us a call at (859) 276-5496! We love helping the Baby Boomers thru this most important time in their lives.

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