Dental Care for People Over the Age of 50

For people over the age of 50, it is “essential to overall well-being and a healthy future” to take care of their teeth and eyes, adding that failure to do so “can lead to progressive and painful health problems, or even blindness.” American Dental Association Consumer Advisor spokesperson Dr. Sally Cram recommended people see their dentist as often as the dentist recommends, discussing the importance of early detection. “As you age, the nerves inside your teeth become smaller and less sensitive. By the time you feel cavity pain, it may be too late and you may lose your tooth,” Dr. Cram said. Additionally, Dr. Cram says that older patients may experience dry mouth more often as a side-effect of certain medications and says that it is “important to tell your dentist about any medications that you’re taking.”

It’s very important that we stay abreast of your general health, medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), and any problems that you are encountering taking medications, since these can profoundly affect your dental health.