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Geriatric Dentistry

Geriatric Dentistry is the branch of Dentistry that is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of oral diseases in the older age group of the population.

Fotografia de uma senhora idosa que vê o seu sorriso novo ao espelho.

With advancing age, the body undergoes several changes and the mouth is no exception. These changes can be seen in the teeth, gums, saliva and/or bone, examples being:

  • Change in the color of the teeth;


  • Decreased amount of saliva produced, often potentiated by taking medication. Saliva is essential for the protection of oral tissues, preventing tooth demineralization;

  • Decreased gustatory capacity, which may contribute to a greater consumption of spices such as salt or sugar, aggravating problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure;


  • Thinner and more sensitive gums that can lead to gingival recession and/or mobility and loss of teeth.

It is important that you inform your dentist about these changes as it will allow him to provide you with more personalized oral health care.

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