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Did you know that as you age, your mouth can change? Are you searching for ways to take care of your dental health during this new season of your life? We would like to help you in your search by identifying some common concerns that are found in adults ages 55 and above and what could be done to help them.

Dry Mouth
-Dry mouth may be caused by certain disorders, or it may be a side effect of different medications.
-It typically happens when your saliva production is reduced. When this occurs, your soft tissues in the mouth can become irritated and more vulnerable to infections.
-Saliva is used to help naturally clean food particles from your mouth. If you frequently suffer from dry mouth, you may also be at a higher risk for dental decay.

Concerns about Gums
-Gum disease can develop when plaque builds up along the gums and teeth. Gingivitis is the first stage, where the gums may be pink, tender or swollen. If it is not treated, it could lead into a more serious disease and your jawbone could become infected.

-Tooth sensitivity could be a sign of dental damage.
-Even if you do not feel discomfort, cavities may be developing that need treatment.

What Should You Do?
You can try chewing on sugar-free gum or candy to help increase your saliva production. You could also drink more water to help moisturize your mouth and to keep you hydrated. Our dentist could recommend an oral rinse for you to use.

You should still get checked regularly by our dentist as you are not immune to dental decay or gum disease and they can easily start without your noticing. It’s better to take care of them before they become much larger problems.

If you would an appointment in the Edwardsville, Illinois, area, contact Hanne Dental at 618-656-9700. Dr. Sharon Hanne would be happy to help you retain your smile.