(503) 689-8936


Dr. Na Xu
Healthy Smiles Family Dental
2601 25th St., Suite 400
Salem, OR 97302


P: (503) 689-8936
F: (503) 339-1981
E: healthysmilesfamily@gmail.com

Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00am -5:00pm
Fridays 8:00am-1:00pm
Lunch 1:00pm - 2:00pm




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Aging and Your Oral Health

mature woman outdoors As you age, your body becomes more susceptible to health issues, including those in the area of dental health. Senior adults face different concerns as they age, but some of the most common oral health concerns include tooth crowding, periodontal disease and oral cancer.

Teeth naturally shift toward the midline at the front of the mouth with aging ' a condition known by the technical term "physiologic mesial drift". Since it occurs as a natural part of aging, it is a common condition in senior adults. The tooth crowding that happens is the potential cause of additional problems due to the fact that it makes brushing and flossing more difficult. When you begin to notice that you have more difficulty cleaning your teeth, call our office and follow through with your regular, routine cleanings and examinations, and avoid the potential of more serious problems in the future.

Increased Risk of Oral Cancer

Another concern for older adults is the increased risk of oral cancer. Tobacco use and excessive consumption of alcohol increases the risk even further. HPV (The Human Papilloma Virus) has been shown to cause oral cancer as well. Stopping smoking and avoiding the consumption of alcohol in excess along with regular oral cancer screenings are the best defense.

Be Aware of Gum Disease

The beginning stages of gum disease, gingivitis, is common in adulthood. Senior adults are even more susceptible due to several factors, including medication side effects, the inability to brush and floss as well as in the past, and the failure to continue bi-annual dental cleanings and exams.

It is important that as a senior adult, you continue to visit our office regularly for examinations and cleanings. Your oral health depends on it!

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