Nobody wants to need dentures, yet as you age, your mouth changes. Nerves recede, increasing your chance of getting cavities. Step one to prevent dentures is to get regular dental checkups to nip any problems in the bud! Preventative care is your best line of defence.
For aging teeth, just like for everybody, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush. Electric toothbrushes may help you to keep your teeth even cleaner. Make sure to floss once a day. Drinking tap water, which in most locations contains fluoride (though not in Calgary, which stopped fluoridating its water supply a few years ago), can help to prevent cavities as well. Avoiding or quitting smoking is also huge for your oral health, since not only does it increase risk for lung and oral cancer, but also gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Your dental health will change as you age. You can expect your teeth to darken: the dentin will slowly accumulate colour as it’s affected by food and drink. In itself this isn’t necessarily problematic, although cosmetic whitening is an option should you desire it. Medications, diseases, and other aspects of aging can change the way things taste or reduce your ability to taste foods; this can also come along with dry mouth. While this is normal, seeing a drop in saliva production can also lead to dental issues or can be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer treatments. If you have dry mouth, be sure to mention it to you dentist.
Some of the symptoms of aging teeth are not so healthy: namely root decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. These can all be reduced or prevented through brushing and flossing regularly, since this will reduce plaque buildup, preventing gum disease and reducing root decay. If you can practice good dental hygiene and see your dentist regularly, you can greatly reduce your risk of tooth loss, meaning you get to keep your teeth and avoid dentures!
Particularly for aging teeth, we recommend using a soft bristle brush, because they are easier on your gums. Choose a brush that fits comfortably in your hand. Suffering from arthritis and find it difficult to hold a brush for two to three minutes? Try wrapping the brush handle to wide its grip or try and electric toothbrush. Make sure to hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and don’t scrub too hard. Brush regularly, but not hard, or you will cause your gums to recede!
Book your next dental appointment today with us at Concept Dentistry! Call us at 403-248-0301.
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