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Seniors: how to take good care of your teeth
A person's teeth can truly last a lifetime. There is a myth that with age you will probably see your teeth going bad and weak, loosing a few in the process. That may not always be true; with proper dental care which includes brushing your teeth with a good toothpaste at least twice a day, flossing and having a good diet, you may as well keep your natural teeth healthy and in place even as a senior. However, the fact that with age many dental problems arise stays true. Always keep in mind that many of these issues can be successfully treated with professional care delivered by your dentist. The key thing is to react immediately and have your teeth checked on a regular basis so any possible disease can be diagnosed and stopped at an early stage. Not reacting in time may lead to irreversible dental damage and eventually, cause teeth loss.

Among the most common dental issues seniors may encounter we include the following:

Teeth sensitivity: it usually increases with age. As you get older your gums will be receding and exposing parts of the tooth not covered my enamel. These parts are subject to pain caused by beverages and foods that are too hot or too cold.

Root cavities: these types of cavities are more common in seniors than in young adults. To prevent root decay, you need to brush your teeth with a good fluoride toothpaste after every meal, as well as regularly floss and use a good antibacterial mouthwash.

Drying mouth: a dry mouth is a condition affecting many seniors and sometimes it's the symptom of a certain medication or the result of a medical disorder you may have. A dry mouth can lead to dental damage as saliva helps fight bacteria in your mouth and in the absence of it, the bacteria tend to increase attacking your enamel and teeth in general.

Pre-exisiting conditions and illnesses: heart disease, systemic illnesses or cancer are the type of diseases that may lead to dental issues. If you suffer from any condition you should always let your dentist know so he or she can advise you on how to protect your teeth or alternative treatments to safeguard your dental health.

Gum disease: even if a gum infection is common at all ages, it affects mostly people over the age of 40. Gum disease can be caused by numerous factors and the most common ones are the following:
  • lack of dental hygiene
  • a poor diet
  • smoking and other bad habits
  • certain illnesses and conditions such as diabetes or heart disease
  • stress and other environmental factors

Unfortunately not always prevention will be enough to safeguard all your teeth's health. When you are faced with teeth loss, thereare many routes to go to replace the missing teeth with dental implants, crowns and bridges. If years ago the most common solution for teeth loss was a partial or total denture which did not go a long way in terms of stability, comfort and appearance, with dental implants the game has changed. Now you are enabled to have perfectly stable and comfortable artificial teeth that look natural and can't be distinguished from your own teeth. For more information about dental implants, please contact us via email and we will answer all your queries as soon as possible.