Aging naturally affects each part of the body in different ways. The teeth are not immune to age and can deteriorate over time. It is important to maintain proper oral care and regular dental checkups with your general dentist as you get older. Your teeth can retain their vitality for your entire lifetime if they are properly cared for and maintained.
Gum disease is more prevalent in older individuals. Preventative care and regular dental exams can help you avoid severely advanced periodontal disease that can affect the teeth and the underlying bone. Regular screenings for oral cancer can also allow for early detection and treatment of this serious disease.
Wear and Tear on Teeth
Over the course of many years, chewing foods every day can erode and weaken teeth, resulting in chipped and damaged teeth. Consider avoiding eating hard foods on a frequent basis to prevent major damage to the teeth over time. Drinking beverages that can stain the teeth, such as coffee and wine, and smoking tobacco should be limited to avoid major discoloration. With age, the teeth naturally yellow as the enamel thins, so you may ask your cosmetic dentist about professional whitening.
Regular dental exams along with good oral hygiene will increase the longevity of your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will keep decay-causing plaque away. Regular dental cleanings will help to eliminate tartar buildup that can lead to cavities and gum disease.
It is important to clean in between the pockets between the gums and the teeth, because this is where tartar can easily accumulate, leading to gum disease and infection. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most powerful ways to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. can help you keep your teeth functioning and healthy as you age. We specialize in cosmetic and general dentistry, also offering Invisalign and Zoom! teeth whitening. Call (212) 661-0949 to schedule your dental appointment today.