A Mouthful of Aging Teeth?
Submitted by Aventura Dentists on August 2, 2012
As we age, the condition of our oral health is even more important. Although the mouth undergoes some change as we age, losing your teeth does not have to be one of them. Teeth can generally be kept for a lifetime given proper maintenance.
Drinking tap water is beneficial for your teeth regardless of your age; most municipal water is fluoridated and helps to slow down cavities. Fluoride can also be easily found in most toothpastes and many mouthwashes.
If you have Diabetes, periodontal disease can be more common than usual. Getting regular cleanings at the dentist is important to help recognize and halt tooth and gum problems. Diabetes and oral health also connect in that treating gum disease can improve the management of blood sugar levels, but Diabetes also means a lower resistance to infection and increased healing times for the mouth.
If you have lost some teeth, cleaning your dentures every day is a must for a healthy mouth. Brushing dentures removes food from them in the same manner as it does for natural teeth. Brushing the gums lightly with a soft toothbrush before inserting your dentures is good for increased circulation and removes plaque from surfaces in your mouth.
Having a proper diet can be a major contributing factor in keeping your teeth as you age. Vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables are important as well as drinking lots of water. Eating snacks throughout the day can reduce the effectiveness of your saliva and lead to tooth decay.
Getting older can mean that your gums might recede, and teeth can become yellowed or discolored (brown) with age. Whitening procedures as well as restoration of oral tissues can help combat those aspects of an older mouth.
Dr. Steven Rosenstein and Dr. Barry Segal
3575 NE 207th St,
Aventura, FL 33180
Phone: (305) 933-9911