As we age, our bodies change. Some changes are more noticeable, such as a reduced ability to dash up the stairs, feeling creaky after sitting a long while, or even just having less agility or energy generally. Our skin, our joints, and even our teeth reflect our age as well. Older teeth are flatter than younger teeth, having been worn down over the years. Teeth also produce more dentin as we age, so they can appear darker. Recession and root exposure can also occur either from brushing or simple erosion. And commonly in our later years, we are prescribed medications that often have the side effect of causing a reduction in saliva, which causes us to have a “cottony” or dry mouth. Cavities tend to occur more easily in teeth without the cleansing action of saliva or when roots are exposed. Even arthritis in the hands can compromise our ability to brush and floss effectively.
Because our mouths change as we age, regular dental exams are key to monitoring any issues that may arise in the teeth, gums, nerves and other organs connected to the mouth. Because our nerves shrink as we get older, any issues that arise, such as cavities or other problems, might not be as noticeable. Regular dental visits will insure our mouths are looked after, our teeth are given a thorough and deep cleaning, and any problems are diagnosed before they develop into larger issues requiring much more invasive care.
A popular misconception that we are destined to lose our teeth in our elder years might prevent some from caring for their teeth efficiently. This, however, is false. With both regular care at home and routine visits to the dentist, our teeth are designed to last a lifetime.
At Dental Care for You, our goal is to help you feel well, stay healthy, and continue to flash a pearly smile every day of your life.