May 3, 2017
As you get older, your teeth will age, too. Maintaining excellent dental health over a lifetime greatly reduces your risk of tooth loss and other oral health hazards — and as the years pass, you will need to be especially diligent when it comes to your hygiene routine. Older adults are more likely to experience dry mouth, gum disease, and tooth loss. For the latter, there’s no better replacement than with dental implants in Coral Gables. Keep reading to learn more about tooth replacement and other special dental health concerns for older adults from Dr. Jose A. Bushdid.
Comprehensive Tooth Replacement Improves Oral Health
Tooth loss is a special concern for adults; most people over the age of 35 are missing one or more teeth. If you fall into that category, do not delay in seeking a comprehensive tooth replacement. By stimulating the jawbone and providing superior stability for the prosthetic tooth or teeth, dental implants promote better oral and overall health for a lifetime to come.
Other options in tooth replacement, like a fixed bridge or a non-implant retained denture, only replace the visible portion of the tooth. But without its supportive root structure, the jawbone loses blood flow and the nutrients that keep it healthy. That’s why we often associate old age with a sunken jaw — and that loss of volume increases your risk of experiencing even more missing teeth later on.
If you have lost one or more teeth, ask your doctor about dental implants today.
Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene Habits
One in three older adults experiences dry mouth, often as a side effect of medications. It’s more than just an uncomfortable issue — dry mouth reduces the mouth’s ability to self-clean, which puts people at a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease with age.
Older adults should be especially careful when it comes to their oral hygiene routine. Increase twice-a-day brushing to brushing the teeth after each meal. Consider increasing the amount you floss, too — and adding a mouthwash may be a good idea for fighting bacteria.
In addition to frequent brushing and flossing, make sure that you are visiting the Coral Gables dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Twice-annual appointments are enough for most patients, but Dr. Bushdid will make a recommendation for how often you should come in given your oral health and risk factors for certain conditions. During your appointment, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup, check in on your dental work (including how your dentures are fitting, if you have them) and also perform an oral cancer screening to aid in earlier detection of the disease.
Request an Appointment Today
When was your or your loved one’s last visit to Dr. Bushdid’s office? Prevention is even more important as we age, so don’t let your routine care fall by the wayside. Contact our office or request an appointment online today!
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