Believe it or not, getting older does not mean that you are going to lose your teeth. Your teeth are designed to last for your entire lifetime. However, as you age, your body changes and so does your mouth.
As you get older, the nerves in your teeth get smaller, and because of that you may not notice problems with your teeth such as cavities, as quickly as you may have when you were younger. Another issue that comes with aging is receding gums. When your gums start to recede, you are at a higher risk for gum disease, lost teeth, and dental caries, which are cavities that occur at the roots of your teeth. If you are on medication for asthma or high blood pressure, you can experience dry mouth which can lead to tooth decay and infections in your mouth. You should discuss your medical issues and medications with your dentist to see if there are issues that could affect your oral health.
While there are changes taking place, you don’t have to suffer tooth loss. If your city fluoridates your water supply, you can increase your intake of tap water. Tobacco use in any form will increase your chances of oral cancer, gum disease and lost teeth and it is never too late to quit. No matter your age, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss before bed. You should take the necessary steps to clean your dentures or other dental work, since food debris and bacteria can accumulate there as well. You should also see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. Even if you wear full dentures, your dentist will need to exam your gums on a regular basis.
If it has been a while since you have been in to see your dentist, Dr. Chris Lindsey would love to see you. If you live in the Palo Alto, California area you can call 650-327-3770 to make an appointment at Chris E. Lindsey DDS.