Aging and Dental Health: What Do You Need to Know

Aging and Dental Health: What Do You Need to Know

by Holly (SU)

Retirement is just one of the many positive aspects of aging. Dental health, however, is believed to be one of the more negative aspects. This is all based on myth, of course, that as you age, you will inevitably lose your teeth and have to get dentures. While that may be true for some, if you care for your teeth properly and make dental care a priority, your teeth can last you the rest of your lifetime.

What you can expect, though, are changes to your mouth. Those with weaker or brittle bones might expect their teeth to change in strength, as well. The most well-known change for most aging mouths is how your nerves can become less sensitive to changes in your teeth. The same way you could always detect a cavity at a younger age by the obvious pain, those nerves start to change as you age, making it more difficult to detect cavities. Because of these changes, experts say you should stay diligent with your dental care, so that changes and decay in your teeth do not reach the point of no return. 

So what else can you expect to do to stay on top of your dental health as you age

Brushing often

Your gums might become more sensitive than they were in the past, so you should still brush often, but with soft bristles. You also could entertain the idea of investing in an electric toothbrush, as it is gentle but efficient.

Floss daily

Using floss or a flossing pick can help keep your aging teeth and gums free of plaque. Of course, if you’ve always been diligent about this, you should be fine, but usually people are not. Later in life, staying on top of your flossing will make a huge difference in keeping your teeth in check.

Keep your dentures clean

Just because they are not your permanent or ‘real’ teeth, doesn’t mean it’s not important to care for your dentures, too! They should be cleaned each day and should be taken out for at least 4 hours a day, ideally the hours you spend sleeping to prevent a buildup of bacteria

Drink tap water

It might not be much, but the fluoride in tap water can help prevent tooth decay. Try to drink tap water at least once a day. It can make a difference in your dental health no matter how old you are.

For all your dental care questions and needs, look no further than Dr. Ari Binder and the team at 360 Dental. Call us today to schedule your appointment at 541-689-1645. We are here to provide quality dental care for patients of all ages, because we always want to see a healthy smile and a happy mouth.