In modern society, life expectancy and quality of life have improved. Now, many people focus on aging gracefully, which includes protecting the appearance and health of their smiles. You can continue to enjoy a full, active lifestyle by protecting your oral health.
Over time, your body tends to weaken, including your teeth and gums. Proactive efforts will allow you to preserve your dental health. During regular visits, your dentist will perform a thorough exam, analyzing your jaw joints, bite, soft tissues, gums, and teeth. For patients with replacement teeth, like dentures, the dentist will check the condition of the prosthesis and make recommendations for optimal dental health.
Common Dental Issues for Seniors
Your teeth naturally darken over time; stains can occur from certain beverages, medications, and lifestyle choices. To improve your smile’s radiance, your dentist can offer suggestions for better brushing and flossing, as well as explain teeth whitening options.
Medications, infections, and tobacco use can lead to dry mouth. Not only is it uncomfortable, but dry mouth contribute to the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Minimize the problem by chewing sugarless gum, drinking lots of water, and brushing frequently with fluoride toothpaste.
Because gum disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss, your dentist will watch for any problems. Catching it in the early stages will halt the progression of gum disease and prevent long-term dental issues. As well, studies have shown a direct link between gum disease and risk of stroke, diabetes complications, and osteoporosis.
Losing teeth can cause your self-esteem and dental health to decline. It may also lead to sagging facial muscles, dietary restrictions, and bone degeneration. With options such as dentures, dental implant, and crown or bridgework, your dentist can renew your smile and improve oral health.
Our dental office is located in Phillipsburg