Aging Teeth & Staying Healthy

On July 26th, 2012, posted in: Videos by 0 Comment

As we get older, the condition of our mouth is even more important. Although the mouth changes as the body ages, losing your teeth does not have to be one of them. Teeth can generally be kept for a lifetime given proper care.

Drinking tap water can be beneficial for the teeth no matter what your age; most municipal water is fluoridated and will help to slow down cavities. Fluoride can also be easily found in most toothpastes as well as dental rinses.

If you have Diabetes, gum disease can be more common than usual. Getting regular cleanings at the dentist is important to help identify and stop tooth and gum diseases. Diabetes and oral health also connect in that treating gum disease can improve the management of blood sugar levels, but Diabetes also means a lower resistance to infection and increased healing times for the mouth.

If you have lost your teeth, cleaning your dentures every day is required for a healthy mouth. Washing dentures removes plaque from them in the same manner as it does for natural teeth. Brushing your gums gently with a soft toothbrush prior to inserting your dentures is good for promoting circulation and to remove plaque from surfaces in your mouth.

Proper diet can be a definite contributing factor in keeping your teeth as you age. Vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables are important as well as drinking plenty of water. Snacking throughout the day can reduce the effectiveness of saliva and lead to tooth decay.

Getting older can mean that your gums may recede, or teeth can become yellowed or discolored (brown) with age. Whitening techniques as well as restoration of oral tissues can help combat these aspects of an older mouth.

To schedule an appointment or to get information about your tooth and gum health, call Dr. Lynn Sayre-Carstairs at (805) 545-9400.

Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery
620 California Blvd # L
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 545-9400

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