Tips for Dental Care as We Age
According to Dr. Marianna Farber, taking care of your teeth at all ages of your life is an important part of protecting your health. While this is often stressed to children, many people may not realize this is just as important later in life.
At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, we emphasize to our older patients that brushing and flossing twice daily is still a necessary part of their routine. In fact, older adults often become more prone to tooth decay due to reduced gum tissue coverage, exposed tooth roots, and a decreased production of saliva. These individuals should ensure they are using a soft-bristled toothbrush, as it can help protect softening tooth roots, sensitive teeth, and thinning gum tissue.
Diet can also play an important role in oral health, and steering clear of sugar-filled drinks and foods can prevent cavities as the teeth become more exposed and soften with age. Due to this increased likelihood of cavities, twice-yearly dental exams are an important part of any good oral health practice to catch decay in its earliest stages and receive prompt treatment.
As dentists perform routine exams, they can often discover potential systemic health problems that are producing symptoms in the mouth. This could include signs of illness or disease that may ultimately lead to the diagnosis of serious health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. Finally, Dr. Farber warns that issues like dry mouth may increase the risk of cavities since a purpose of saliva is to rinse away leftover food particles. To counteract this side effect, individuals can increase their intake of water after meals or use a sugar-free gum to help keep teeth clean. If you have questions about the best way to care for your teeth, or to schedule an exam with Dr. Farber, please contact our office today.
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