Aging is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health as you get older. As your body ages, it’s important to pay attention to your health—including your oral health. Good oral health habits when you are young can translate to better oral health and a more beautiful smile when you are older. Many of the same principles apply for seniors in terms of dental health, including regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing. Read on to learn more about how to maintain a beautiful smile at any age.
Caring for Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can often increase as you age, which in turn can lead to problems enjoying your favorite foods and beverages. Gum recession can happens over time, which exposes the sensitive roots of the teeth. Ask your dentist for a recommendation for a toothpaste that’s designed specifically for sensitive teeth to see if this helps. If the toothpaste doesn’t give you much relief, it’s possible that your sensitivity is due to a more serious dental issue such as a cavity or a cracked tooth.
Addressing Dry Mouth
If you have dry mouth, it can be uncomfortable as well as cause problems such as bad breath and even tooth damage. Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications or medical issues, and is more common with age. Your dentist can advise you on ways you can restore the moisture in your mouth, and even give you medications to help remedy the issue.
Fighting Gum Disease
The battle against gum disease is a lifelong one, and certainly does not stop as you get older. Gum disease can be caused by a poor diet, bad oral hygiene, smoking, stress, and has even been linked to other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease is reversible so practice good at-home care and visit your dentist regularly to keep gum disease at bay.
The dental office of John R. Carson, DDS offers comprehensive dental care for adults of all ages. Contact our Tucson office at (520) 514-7203 to schedule your appointment. Be sure to let your dentist know if you have special questions or concerns about taking care of your teeth as you age.