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.
- 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.
- 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.