The Aging Mouth
As we grow older, the needs of our bodies can change. This includes our teeth, gums, and oral tissues. However, unlike in previous generations, it is not inevitable that you will lose your teeth in your senior years. Dr. Darren K. Dickson, a dentist serving Plano, can help ensure that you keep your teeth well into your retirement years.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
As you grow older, the need for regular dental checkups and everyday oral hygiene continues. In addition, your teeth might also suffer from discoloration or natural wear and tear. Your dentist can help you be sure your teeth remain healthy, and can address any problems or concerns that might stem from normal wear, staining, and other issues that are more common with older patients.
The dentist can also provide recommendations for cosmetic procedures that can counteract the effects of staining and wear, especially if the look of your teeth makes your uncomfortable or self-conscious.
Challenges of Older Dental Patients
As you grow older, you might have difficulty maneuvering a toothbrush or exerting enough pressure to thoroughly clean your teeth. Manipulating floss might also prove difficult if you have arthritis or other mobility issues. Your dentist can supply special tools that can help you brush and floss more thoroughly and effectively, helping ensure that your teeth and gums remain strong and healthy.
Regular dental appointments can also ensure that you are not in danger of developing gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to numerous difficulties, including a higher chance of developing heart disease. Making sure your gums are healthy does more than just keep your mouth healthy and prevent tooth loss – it also helps maintain your overall health.
It is important to follow your dentist’s recommendations for check-ups, X-rays, and other basic hygiene and oral care. For more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dickson, please call (972) 737-7039.