As you age, it becomes even more important to pay attention to your dental health. Preparing our patients for retirement includes educating them about how the mouth changes, as well as providing individualized treatment plans.
Commonly held myths about aging and your teeth
1. Tooth loss is a normal part of aging
If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. The following tips from the American Dental Association will help you maintain and improve your oral health:
- Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush.
- Floss your teeth once a day with floss or another flossing tool.
- Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
- Quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.
- Visit your dentist regularly for a complete dental check-up.
2. If there is no pain, there is no problem
As you age, the nerves in your teeth can become smaller, making your teeth less sensitive to cavities or other problems. Use of medications may cause xerostemia (dry mouth), which is a hidden cause of tooth decay and tooth loss. Older patients may benefit from more frequent cleanings and regular check-ups.
3. Dentures stay in the mouth 24/7
Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It’s best to remove them at night...and remember to clean them on a daily basis.
Design a Plan for Longevity
Let us help you keep your smile for a lifetime!
Whether you are planning to retire, helping care for an elderly parent, or just concerned about changes in your oral health, we can help you establish a plan of action. We will discuss preventive care and treatment options within the context of your personal situation, including financial options for meeting your needs.