Whether we have lost teeth in earlier years, or experienced fillings, or your dentist has performed reconstructive dental surgery, it is always important to maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout our lives.
The main factor in preserving and ensuring the health of teeth and gums is to maintain the dental hygiene habits we developed in our younger years.
Regardless of our age, our teeth endure a lot of punishment in our day-to-day lives. As we get older our teeth can become more susceptible to wear and damage, which could eventually result in tooth loss. Unlike a few years ago, there is now no reason why an older adult cannot keep their biological teeth well into their retirement years, and advancements in dental technologies can help maintain and preserve teeth.
The main factor in preserving and ensuring the health of teeth and gums is to maintain the dental hygiene habits we developed in our younger years. That means continuing with regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with good mouthwash. Switching to a soft-bristled brush can make brushing more comfortable for older people, as most people of age experience some gum reduction in later years.
Continue with regular visits to your dentist, as checkups can help to identify problems early, while professional cleaning can ensure teeth remain healthy and strong by removing plaque and tartar which may have built up around the teeth and gums. Even between dental check-ups, don’t wait until your next appointment if you suffer from any sudden symptoms, such as bad breath, dry mouth or bruxism. Early treatment can often alleviate the symptoms, or remove them altogether, before more damage can be caused.
If you have suffered from tooth loss in earlier years, physiological changes to the gums and jawbone may make denture wearing uncomfortable; techniques like dental implants can help to restore the natural appearance of a smile, while also helping to maintain the health of the gums and jawbone, as well as offering support to surrounding teeth.
Dietary changes, such as cutting down on alcohol or sugary treats can also help to maintain a healthy mouth, as well as a healthy body.
To learn more ways to care for your teeth through retirement years, contact Drs. Sender and Russ, serving Long Island and surrounding areas, today at 516-681-2525 to schedule an appointment.