The Life of Your Smile – Age and your teeth

While there are significant benefits in getting older, your body does need more attention, and your oral health is no exception. As we age we become more susceptible to dental disease and other dental problems. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to maintain a healthy smile right throughout life.

Tooth Decay

An increased risk of tooth decay is often associated with a problem called dry mouth. You need saliva to maintain a healthy pH balance and to wash away excess bacteria. Unfortunately, many older people need prescription medications that cause dry mouth. We can discuss ways to mitigate the effects of dry mouth, or you might want to talk with your GP about alternative medications.

Gum Recession

The phrase “long in the tooth” is often used to describe older people and refers to gum recession. Gums can recede because of poor oral hygiene, and as they do so, teeth appear longer. Practising good oral hygiene and having regular hygiene appointments helps prevent this problem. Also, your gums can recede if you brush your teeth too vigorously!

We provide custom preventative dental care plans for every patient here at Smilexcellence, which will help to protect your smile as you age.