Oral Health Over 40

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Common Problems in Mouths Over 40

Some oral health problems occur more frequently with age. Here, we list some of the most common and what can be done about them:

Dry Mouth

It’s one of the most common problems associated with the older mouth. First, make sure you are staying properly hydrated, especially if exercising or in high temperatures. Also, keep in mind that medications and certain medical disorders can reduce saliva flow. Once the cause is identified, mouth rinses and sugarless candies can stimulate saliva production.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

A burning sensation in your mouth with no apparent cause can be a symptom of several things. It is more prevalent post-menopause as the result of hormonal imbalance, and it can also be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, diabetes or anemia. Correcting one or all usually solves the problem.

Chronic Facial Pain

This common complaint of patients in their 40s and 50s is often caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ): pain that accompanies eating, yawning or moving the jaw. It’s often treated with a bite splint and other corrective therapies.

Loss of smell and taste

Taste buds gradually fade with age. But taste and smell can fade fast from diabetes, or suddenly—as a result of stroke, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease. And most complaints of “taste” problems have more to do with a diminished sense of smell. Enhancing food flavors with spices can help.

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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