WE’RE KEEPING OUR TEETH longer than ever before. But in order to stay in optimal health, we need to be vigilant against potential problems. Certain risks can increase as we age.
#1 Tooth Decay Risk Increases
Aging can cause the base of teeth to become softer. In addition, roots can become more exposed. These two issues can cause cavities either around the base or root of the tooth.
#2 Dry Mouth Is A Common Problem
Thanks to medications, hormonal shifts, and the natural results of aging, dry mouth risk increases with age. Saliva is one of the main warriors against tooth decay, and without it, your risk of tooth decay and gum disease spike. Sipping water throughout the day, or chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate saliva.
#3 Gum Disease Is The Most Common Cause Of Tooth Loss
Untreated gingivitis (inflamed gums) can easily become periodontitis. Gums pull away from the tooth and create pockets, where infections develop. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and deteriorate jaw bone. If you have bleeding, red gums, talk to us. More frequent dental cleanings can help us keep your gums healthy.
#4 Oral Cancer Risk Goes Up
Oral cancer incidences increase as we age. Oral cancer is linked to heavy alcohol use and smoking, but even folks without those risk factors should be regularly screened at our office for early signs.
#5 Crowded Teeth Make Dental Health More Difficult
Many people experience shifting teeth as they age. Teeth can become crowded and more difficult to clean, and put extra stress on your gums and your jaw. Keep your oral health manageable, and your smile beautiful with more frequent cleanings, and perhaps orthodontic treatment to get a retainer or spacer.
Pass This Message On To Someone You Care About!
Even if you’re not over 50, you know and care for someone who is. Share this message and let them know that you care about their healthy smile!
If you have any questions about your own oral health, or that of someone you care for, give us a call at (703) 662-1625.. We’re always happy to talk with you.
Thanks for being our valued patients of Smilezone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
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