Aging Population and Oral Health

One of the number one concerns in older adults is the effects of medications and dry mouth.

  1. How Medications Can Affect your Oral Health
  2. Effects of Medication on Mouth  from Smiles for Life:
Medication                            Possible Negative Oral Effect
Phenytoin, Methotrexate, Calcium Channel Blockers Gingival Hyperplasia (increase in gum tissue)
IV bisphosphonates Osteonecrosis (bone starts to die or break down)
Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Stomatitis (swelling of mouth or lips)  and mucositis
Steroids Candidiasis (Thrush, yeast infection)
Nifedipine in Type 2 Diabetes Periodontal Disease
Medications in syrups (sugar containing) Dental Cavities
Progesterone, nitrates, beta and CCB Dental erosions
Antihypertensives, antidepressants, antihistamines, diuretics Xerostomia  (Dry Mouth)
  1. Dry Mouth: Learn the facts behind dry mouth, treatments, and why it increases risk for dental decay
  2. Common Concerns for Aging Populations: Dry Mouth, Oral Cancer, Pre-medicating before appointments, Caregivers
  3. Denture or Appliance Care: Learn how to properly care for your denture
  4. Osteoporosis and Dental Health: May increase risk of tooth loss or create changes in how your denture/partials fit.
  5. Pneumonia and Oral Health Care: Proper oral hygiene may decrease risk of pneumonia in hospitalized or bedridden patients.
  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health: Studies have shown an increased risk of periodontal disease with patients who suffer from RA