Protecting your healthiest, most beautiful smile… no matter your age!

Patients in Cypress, Texas, and beyond who always “aced” their dental check-ups at Orion Dental Specialties may encounter problems with their teeth and gums for the first time as adults or seniors. New diagnoses may uncover new threats to your oral health and hygiene. Comorbidities such as diabetes can make you more vulnerable to oral infections. Even the medications used to manage these conditions may be associated with an increased risk of developing decay and other dental and periodontal diseases.

Additionally, as an adult patient, you may be struggling with caring for the needs of children and parents alike. Your dental care (and health care in general) may take a backseat. Prioritizing oral hygiene and professional visits to our dental office is essential, especially as you have more commitments that compete with your time and schedule.

Oral health plays a critical role in the health of the rest of “you.” And, as they say, you cannot care for others who may depend on you if you are not well! Plus, stress has been linked to a range of oral problems in addition to well-documented systemic conditions. It’s thought that stress triggers a series of physiological changes to the immune system, blood circulation, and even the natural cleansing power of saliva. These changes give rise to gum disease and other dental and oral problems.

Age is not a disease!

Even with new risk factors for decay and periodontal (gum) disease, tooth loss does not have to be in your future in your older age. The loss of teeth is not a “normal” part of aging, and everyone, regardless of life stage, deserves to have a complete smile that exudes confidence and health.

Older adults may encounter dry mouth as a risk for decay and disease. Dry mouth is associated with hundreds of medical conditions and the drugs used to manage those diseases. We can recommend or prescribe an array of products to stimulate the production of saliva, help keep your mouth moist, and support a healthy balance of oral bacteria (your “oral microbiome”). By intervening with preventative services and products, we minimize the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay—the leading causes of tooth loss.

For those holding on to broken or aching teeth, we may still be able to preserve those damaged choppers. Endodontic procedures such as root canal therapy can restore even deeply inflamed or infected teeth to health. For those teeth whose damage may be “too far gone” to be preserved, Drs. Farnam and Melanie Farzam provide an array of options for tooth replacement. These options include dental implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures. Essential teeth should be replaced promptly to avoid additional destructive complications such as bone loss.

Oral health for a healthy smile and self

Your mouth does not exist as an island. It affects and may be affected by other systems and even distant parts of the body. Most notably, a significant body of research confirms a correlation between gum disease and the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease. Plus, managing inflammation and infection associated with oral disease will make it easier for you to keep other diseases in check. For better oral and overall health, make an appointment at Orion Dental Specialties in Cypress, TX, by calling (832) 906-8313.