You may be surprised to learn that seniors and children are most susceptible to developing tooth decay in Plymouth.

Contrary to what most of us would expect, getting older puts us at greater risk for dental problems—erosion of tooth enamel, receding gums, jawbone loss, for example. The longer we have our natural teeth, the more they can be exposed to problems that cause tooth decay.

Seniors are more prone to dental cavities in Wayne County because:

  • Problems with flossing and brushing
  • Poor diet
  • Gum disease
  • Not enough fluoride
  • Dry mouth

Seniors can reduce their chance of developing tooth decay by following a diet that is low in sugar or high in calcium ,or using fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinse. Saliva production is promoted and dry mouth is reduced by eating sugar-free candy, sugar less gum, or drinking water.

If you have dexterity problems, try wrapping an elastic bandage or tape around your toothbrush. If a wider grip is needed, try taping a tennis ball, sponge or rubber bicycle grip to the handle. If you are having problems using a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush may be a better option for you.

It is also important to keeping flossing a part of your normal oral hygiene routine. It is recommended that you use floss holders and waxed floss.

Of course, regular dental visits are still very important. At Plymouth Dentistry in Michigan, Dr. Gary Feucht and our dental hygienists will use these visits to check for the dental problems that affect older patients, including gum disease, cavities, root decay or oral cancer.