Aging can play a part in the health of your teeth. Although our teeth are strong and built to last, time can affect our ability to combat tooth decay and gum disease. We want our patients to have healthy teeth for a lifetime, so we’d like to provide some information on what to know about your own dental health as you age.
Aging & Dental Problems
As we age, our teeth become more susceptible to unwanted dental issues. Gum recession, tooth discoloration, dry mouth, and chipped or loose teeth are all problems that can happen to our teeth as we age. This doesn’t mean there’s nothing that can be done. Although aging is a natural process that should be celebrated, you don’t have to let your teeth age quickly.
How to Conserve Your Smile
- Practice good dental hygiene: Floss daily. Brush twice a day for two minutes each day. Come to our office for regular checkups and cleanings. If you notice bleeding or inflamed gums, call us. We may recommend a mouthwash to help combat gum disease, or we may need to take a deeper look at the problem.
- Stay Hydrated: If you take medications that cause dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep the mouth rinsed out. This will help prevent plaque buildup and cavities.
- Stop smoking and using tobacco products: They are terrible for the health of your gums and teeth. They also lead to halitosis (chronic bad breath) and yellow teeth.
- Get a night guard for teeth clenching (bruxism): This will help lessen the chances of chipped or broken teeth.
- Don’t forget cosmetic and restorative dentistry!: We offer teeth whitening services if your smile has become dull due to aging and staining foods. If your teeth are chipped or misshapen, veneers that will make your smile look good as new. If you’re missing teeth or lose teeth due to aging, don’t fear. Bridges and dentures can ensure a beautiful smile and a strong, reliable bite to eat all your favorite foods.
Contact us today if you have any questions about your dental routine and aging. We want you to stay healthy for years of smiling moments ahead!Contact Us