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Your Oral Health as You Age

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Aging brings a host of changes within your body, which results in certain health risks you weren’t exposed to as a child or young adult. These risks include your bones, your heart and even your mouth. In fact, aging adults and seniors are more susceptible to certain dental health conditions. It is important to know and understand these oral health issues so that you can care for your smile the way it demands at later stages in life. Your teeth are truly designed to last a lifetime – so attaining a confident and healthy smile is a realistic goal!

Natural Changes in the Gums and Tooth Nerves

There are both environmental factors and biological factors that put us at higher risk for dental problems as we age.  Over time, the nerves in our teeth decrease in size, which can make certain dental concerns less noticeable. If decay or other issues are diagnosed late, they are often less treatable. In addition, the gums shrink with the natural aging process, which leaves the teeth especially vulnerable to infection, decay and sensitivity.

Dry Mouth

Another very common condition in senior adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is also a normal part of aging, but the leading cause of dry mouth in seniors is medication. There are over 500 prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines that can cause dry mouth as a side effect. Since we need proper saliva production to rinse away food particles and neutralize acids, a chronic dry mouth can contribute to a number of dental health challenges, including decay, bad breath, gum disease and more. Since it is not always possible to change your prescription, there are remedies for dry mouth. Talk to your dentist about special mouth rinses or other ways to increase saliva production.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer should also be on your radar as a senior adult. The average age of an oral cancer diagnosis is 62 years old. Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, throat, tongue and lips, and it can be fatal if not detected and treated early. If you notice red spots, white lesions or sores in the mouth that do not go away within two weeks, it’s a good idea to get a professional evaluation from a dentist.

Preventative Dental Care for the Aging Adult

Whether you consider yourself a “new” senior citizen or an established member of the geriatric population, you should know that dental problems aren’t inevitable. Just like other stages of life, there are ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy as you age. At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we understand the unique dental health challenges seniors face and we can provide an effective preventative plan for each patient. We may also suggest ways to improve oral hygiene at home, such as an electronic toothbrush or water flosser, as these are tools that require less dexterity and coordination than traditional methods. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Morris today!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our Patient Reviews

Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

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