CARING FOR OUR SMILE AS WE AGE

CARING FOR OUR SMILE AS WE AGE

Post On September 4, 2019 by

As we grow old, some people have accepted that losing their teeth is unavoidable. This is a big misconception, as with the right care, your teeth can last lifelong. There have been huge improvements made in technological developments. These advanced techniques help lengthen the lifespan of your teeth and healthy smile.

TAKING CARE OF OUR GUMS

With increasing age our immunity to infection may decline. Those bacteria that induce gum disease can prey on this. Gum diseases instead of tooth decay are the key reason for tooth loss in adults. This has to be treated or it can cause advanced gum diseases like periodontitis. Eventually that leads to bone loss and resultant tooth loss. Brushing, flossing each day with regular professional care will keep your teeth and gums healthy. For some patients more routine hygiene appointments and probably more complex treatments are needed to maintain and restore the gum health. Periodontists are specially trained and skilled dentist who can help you save teeth which may contradictory seem to be incurable.

CUTTING DOWN ON WEAR AND TEAR

Though teeth are very strong, they can still wear out over time. All the chewing, grinding and biting over the years can wear out the teeth. You should avoid chewing ice and other hard foods as they chips your enamel. Cosmetic treatments like composite facings and porcelain veneers are available that can restore and improve the aesthetics of worn teeth.

DON’T LET YOUR MOUTH DRY OUT

When we age our mouths get drier and the likelihood of tooth decay also grows. Sometimes medication can be blamed. Saliva aids in keeping teeth clean and protects them from decay. To prevent your mouth from drying out drink lots of water and hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. Avoiding sugary snacks and chewing sugarless gum can also help stimulate saliva.

REPLACING MISSING TEETH

Our smile is essential for our health and happiness, and losing teeth can decline this in addition to critical function. The way we eat and talk can control how we feel about ourselves. Loose dentures are now in the past because the technological progress like dental implants can restore your teeth. This can make you look younger by a few years while adding to your confidence and health, the freedom to eat any type of food also enriches life.

STRAIGHTER TEETH

Age should not be a barrier to getting straight teeth. Crooked teeth can be hard to clean and this can often result in tooth decay. Advanced, discreet and often invisible braces can shift teeth quickly to help you get a great smile.

It can never be so late that you cannot achieve a beautiful smile. Age allow us to pursue our own interests and passions. Take this advantage to invest in your smile and enjoy the beneficial effects it has on your life.

Please feel free to call the Park Lane Orthodontics for further advice on 0118 9411628 or email info@parklaneorthodontics.co.uk