Dental Work and Holidays: A Guide for Travellers

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Dental Work and Holidays: A Guide for Travellers

Just because you go on holiday, doesn't mean that the bacteria on your mouth does. Hi! My name is Mandi, and as a lover of travelling, I have taken a lot of trips. Unfortunately, I have also had the misfortune to suffer from dental issues on those trips. This blog focuses on everything related to travelling and dental work. I plan to have posts on picking the right travel insurance for your teeth, dealing with a broken tooth when abroad, dental tourism and more. I hope that you find the information that you need and that your next holiday goes well. Now, let's smile together from wherever we are in the world! Happy travels!

Dental Issues Affecting Older People

Older people often have more dental problems than younger people. This is due to several factors, including changes in the mouth associated with ageing, poorer overall health and medications that can affect the teeth. This article will discuss some of the most common dental problems affecting older people.

1. Gum Disease  

Gum disease is a dental problem that can impact older adults. Gum disease is triggered by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums, which leads to inflammation and infection. Symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding and receding gums, and bad breath. If this condition is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss.

2. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a pretty common dental problem that can affect older adults. It occurs when plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth, creating holes or cavities. Symptoms of tooth decay include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and visible cavities in the teeth. If you do not receive treatment for tooth decay, it can lead to serious dental problems such as infection, tooth loss and gum disease. Therefore, it is vital that older adults brush and floss regularly and see a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

3. Dry Mouth

Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a condition that can cause a variety of dental problems. A dry mouth most often occurs when there is not enough saliva in the mouth to keep it moist. Saliva is vital for keeping the mouth clean and preventing the growth of bacteria. Symptoms of dry mouth include a feeling of thirst, cracked lips and a burning sensation in the mouth. A dry mouth can often be treated with a simple change in lifestyle or medication. However, dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems if left untreated.

4. Dentures

Dentures are artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth. Dentures are usually made from acrylic or porcelain and are held in place by suction or adhesive. While dentures offer a way to restore the appearance of a full set of teeth, they also come with several potential drawbacks. For example, Dentures can cause several dental problems, including gum irritation, soreness and infection. Dentures can also make it difficult to eat certain foods and cause speech problems. 

If you would like more information, book an appointment to see a dentist today. They will be able to carry out a complete assessment of your dental health.