Oral health is important at any age. And since your teeth and gums are an integral part of everyday function such as speaking and eating, it is important to protect your dental health – especially in your retirement years because with age, comes vulnerability to certain health conditions. Since tooth wear, decay, and gum disease affect our older patients, our dentist strives to provide thorough care to older members of our community. Following is some important information for keeping a healthy mouth through the years.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Yearly checkups and biannual cleanings are important for maintaining oral health. During checkups, our team looks for more than just signs of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Routine examinations allow us to evaluate the health of bone mass and soft tissues. We also look for signs of oral cancer; a condition that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early on. When conditions are detected sooner rather than later, patients can enjoy more cost-effective and conservative treatment. For example, a small area of decay can be addressed with a simple filling whereas severe decay will require more extensive treatment such as the placement of a crown or a tooth extraction.
Receiving cleanings is just as important as receiving checkups. During cleanings, our hygienists remove substances like tartar – a calcified form of plaque that cannot be brushed or flossed away. Professional cleanings help prevent periodontal disease (the primary cause of tooth loss) and tooth decay.
Practice Meticulous Oral Hygiene
Patients should be committed to practicing proper oral hygiene throughout their lives – even in their retirement years. We encourage at least twice-daily brushing for two to three minutes each time as well as flossing every day. Some patients with prosthetics like bridges or partial dentures benefit from other hygiene tools such as water irrigators. If you have questions about oral hygiene tools and methods, feel free to speak with our team. We are here to help you.
For more information or to schedule your next professional dental exam and cleaning, contact our office today.