Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime with the right care. However, as you age, your oral health needs are going to change. Just as your body’s needs diversify over time, so do those of your teeth and gums. While brushing and flossing may have been enough in the past, your dentist will likely make recommendations for simple changes to help promote your dental health. With simple changes to your home oral hygiene routine and a personalized treatment plan from your dentist, you can help to ensure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful for many years to come.
Wear and Tear
Over time, your teeth will begin to show the signs of daily wear and tear. Chewing, grinding, and biting can cause your enamel to become thinner while also flattening out your teeth. Not only does this increase your risk for cavities and tooth sensitivity, but it can also raise your risk for a break or fracture.
To help combat the damage that occurs to your teeth over the years, it is best to avoid any habits that may cause a break, such as chewing on ice. In addition, if you suffer from bruxism, your dentist can help reduce the pressure of the grinding with a nightguard.
As you age, your risk for gum disease significantly increases. The infection can cause serious complications for your oral health, like tooth loss, while also leading to general health issues, like cardiovascular disease.
To reduce your risk for it, it is best to practice proper oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. Do not forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. This allows harmful plaque and tartar accumulations to be removed while also detecting the infection in the early stages for quick intervention.
Saliva is vital to your oral health as it helps to cleanse harmful bacteria and food debris from the teeth to prevent tooth decay. However, as you age, dry mouth is quite common, often due to medications you may need to take for your general health.
It is important to keep the mouth moist, especially if dry mouth has become a concern. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. You can also suck on sugarless hard candies or chew gum to help encourage moisture.
Promote a Lifelong Healthy Smile
Just as your body’s needs will change over the years, so will those of your teeth and gums. Your dentist can help you take a proactive approach to help nurture your dental needs as you age. With a personalized treatment plan, you can reach and maintain your oral health goals for a healthy smile.
About Bethel Dental Clinic
Bethel Dental Clinic believes that comprehensive, personalized care is the foundation to dental health. We take the time to develop the solutions you need to promote the health of your teeth and gums. As your oral health needs change, we provide the tailored treatments you need. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.