The latest dental health information shows growing evidence connecting the condition of teeth and gums to general health. That means that good oral health is vital to successful aging.
Dentistry has made great technological advances. Going to the dentist is not the same experience it was when we were kids. Advances such as digital x-rays that reduce exposure to radiation and improved instruments make procedures faster and more comfortable.
Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more popular with advances in materials and techniques for teeth whitening, teeth veneers, teeth straightening and other procedures.
Even if you have always taken good care of your teeth, you have by no doubt noticed that your gums are receding and that your teeth have yellowed or grayed over the years. As you age your teeth become thinner and more prone to breakage.
Aging causes loss of moisture throughout the body. The same thing happens in our mouth. Less saliva production in the mouth to wash away bacteria makes us more vulnerable to decay, infections, and periodontal or gum disease.
Poor gum health can lead to swollen gums, gum bleeding, root cavities, and loose teeth and eventually teeth loss. Teeth can become more sensitive to hot and cold as the root becomes exposed.
A receding gum line is very common among baby boomers and is not necessarily a result of poor gum health. It also occurs as a result of years of brushing teeth too aggressively, from misalignment of teeth and is common among those that grind or clench their teeth.
The best way to hang on to your teeth and keep your gums healthy is through good basic oral health care:
In every procedure complications can occur. Be sure you have the proper dental health information, ask questions and inform your dentist of any health problems you may have before having any type of procedure done, even if they don't seem relevant.