Everyone knows that aging adds a few extra wrinkles on the face and a few extra pounds around the waist, but what does the march of time mean for teeth? As your dentist will tell you, your teeth change as you get older, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined for dental trouble in your senior years. Here are some of the things you can expect from your teeth as you age and what you can do to avoid complications:
Wear and Tear
The older you get, the more mileage you’ll have put on your teeth. This continued usage can eventually lead to problems like chips and cracks. If you do end up with a chip or crack in your tooth, the good news is that your cosmetic dentist can fix it with veneers or other treatments. You can help reduce your risk of chips and cracks by avoiding chewing on ice and removing pits from foods before you eat them. You should also get regular dental check-ups to catch any cracks in their earliest stages. If you tend to grind your teeth, your dentist may fit you with a mouthguard to reduce damage.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a complaint seniors commonly bring to their dentists. This is because many seniors take medications that cause dry mouth. Since dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay, you should discuss solutions with your dentist if you notice signs. Chewing sugar-free gum can help, as can tweaking your medications.
Gum disease can strike at any age, but you’re more vulnerable to it as you get older. That is because wear and tear on your gums creates pockets that can easily fill with bacteria. These infections can cause pain as well as bone and tooth loss, so visit your dentist immediately if your gums bleed or your teeth feel loose.
Don’t let the sands of time wear away at your teeth. At Dental Care of Stamford, we help patients of all ages maintain great oral health for life. Make an appointment with a caring, compassionate dentist today by calling (203) 803-1815.