Caring For Your Aging Teeth
Change comes with growing older, dental care doesn’t turn inside out when you become a certain age but you will have to do more to keep your healthy smile. There is a common belief that you loose teeth as you age however that’s not true, a lifetime of caring for your smile can ensure they last a lifetime. A positive aspect of aging is the time and ability to take greater care of ourselves and enjoy our interests. Taking the opportunity to invest in your smile can help you to enjoy your golden years.
With gum disease as the main cause of tooth decay and missing teeth, its especially important for those 50 and older to tend to their gums. Teeth also become brittle over time and are more susceptible to chipping or cracking. This could arise from biting into hard foods, grinding your teeth, or by taking a knock or accidental impact to the tooth. These cracks or chips could trap bacteria which would cause decay to the tooth and lead to dental health problems.
This decay can also be aggravated by the decrease in saliva production – saliva is great for washing food away and clearing the mouth while neutralizing the damaging acids of bacteria, as well as rebuilding enamel. Unfortunately, many health problems or irregularities that are common in old age also require a medication that reduce saliva production, which already decreases as we age.
Signs Your Teeth Are Aging
- Swollen and more frequent bleeding gums
- Noticeable receding of gums and the apparent separation from teeth
- More frequent occurrence of bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Teeth more easily chip
- Darker teeth color and appearance of stains
Preventative maintenance helps older adults keep their natural teeth much longer. This important health activity includes:
- Brushing and flossing real or replacement teeth twice daily
- Using toothpaste containing fluoride
- Eating a healthy diet and limiting sweets
- Avoiding risk factors like alcohol and tobacco
- Visiting a dentist at least every six months
With vast improvements in dental techniques and technology, particularly in dentures within the past 10 years, it’s not too late to improve your smile. Enjoy added confidence and better oral health, even with small procedures. With careful management from your dental team at Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic and a daily routine of brushing and flossing, you can keep healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Charchuk can help you to maintain good oral health and can recommend if you need more frequent cleanings to specific procedures such as root planing and scaling.