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3 Oral Health Concerns for the Aging Adult Gainesville, GA
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While there are things you can do to delay the effects of aging within the body, it is not possible to stop these changes completely. Time takes its toil on nearly every area of the body – including the mouth. In fact, there are some specific dental health concerns that seniors or aging adults should be aware of as time marches on. Remember that taking care of your mouth can drastically affect the health of the rest of your body.


If you are an older adult, you are facing your second round of “cavity prone years.” Just like kids, aging adults can be more susceptible to tooth decay, but for different reasons. A primary culprit to cavities in the aging population is dry mouth. Not only is low saliva production a natural effect of aging, but countless medications (over 500) can lead to dry mouth, including those for high blood pressure, Parkinson’s, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s and more. Unfortunately, we need adequate amounts of saliva to rinse away bacteria and food debris as well as neutralize the acids in our mouth. It is important to tell your dentist if you are experiencing dry mouth, as there are ways to restore moisture to the mouth without going off your needed prescriptions.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease should also be on your radar if you are a senior citizen. Gum disease, a serious oral health condition, often begins when plaque accumulates along the gum line. A thorough brushing and flossing routine is key to preventing gum disease. Therefore, if you have lost some dexterity and coordination as you’ve aged, consider an electric toothbrush or water flosser to ensure you are keeping your teeth and gums clean. At its advanced stages, gum disease can cause tooth loss as well as compromise the health of your heart.

Mouth Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, the average age of diagnosis for mouth and throat cancer is 62. Oral cancer is highly treatable when caught early. Therefore, it is imperative that you recognize the signs of mouth cancer, which include open sores that won’t heal, white or red patches and any changes in the lips, tongue or lining of the mouth. In addition, keep up with your routine dental exams, as an oral cancer screening is always included.

At Gainesville Dental Group, we are qualified to treat and protect your smile at every stage of life. Our dentists are keenly aware of the unique oral health concerns that seniors face and we will tailor your treatment plan accordingly. To learn more about our dental care services for aging adults, please give us a call.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

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I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

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Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

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This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

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