Geriatric Dentistry Specialist

Murat Atli, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Global Dental Group

Murat Atli, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Mission Viejo, CA

Aging, health conditions, medications, and simple wear and tear can cause dental problems. Tooth pain and loss, for example, can interfere with eating and socializing. And medications you take can cause dry mouth which can lead to tooth decay. If you're experiencing pain or feel embarrassed to smile because of your missing teeth, call or book an appointment online with the Global Dental Group today. They’re conveniently located in Mission Viejo, California.

Geriatric Dentistry Q & A

Why do people get more cavities as they age?  

Small children aren’t the only ones who experience cavities; older adults are likely to get them too. In fact, dry mouth can be a side effect of medications older people take for conditions like high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, and pain.

If your mouth is dry, Dr. Murat Atli offers remedies that may help you avoid cavities. These include:

  • Drink more water during the day
  • Use mouthwash several times a day
  • Sugar-free gum or lozenges can help increase your saliva without increasing your risk for cavities
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, and carbonated drinks, which can all irritate your dry mouth.  

How can I prevent gum disease?

The bacterium in plaque -- a substance that can accumulate on your teeth if you don’t practice good oral hygiene -- causes gum disease. Bacteria can irritate your gums and even make them bleed.

The gums start to separate from your teeth without treatment, and deep pockets develop where plaque and food have built up, causing infections. Advanced gum disease can affect your gums and bone, increasing your risk of needing dentures in the future.

Seeing Dr. Atli for dental care on a regular basis prevents these issues and protects your oral health in the long run.

Why do I need to be checked for mouth cancer?

More than 30,000 cases of tongue, throat, and mouth cancer are diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society, and 62 is the average age at diagnosis.

Regular dental visits give Dr. Atli a chance to thoroughly check you for disease, potentially finding cancer at its earliest stages, often before you might have symptoms, and when the cancer is most treatable. Symptoms that indicate cancer include:

  • Open sores
  • Changes to your mouth lining, tongue, or lips that last longer than two weeks
  • Reddish or white patches in your mouth

Getting older doesn’t mean you have to lose your teeth or suffer from dental pain. Dr. Murat Atli provides a gentle, thorough dental exam that can help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Dr. Atli will also advise you on procedures that can preserve your teeth and smile and give you a healthy mouth for years to come.