As we grow older, it’s natural for changes in our mouths, gums, and jawbone to occur. However (thanks to preventive dentistry) people nowadays are keeping their natural teeth longer and longer.
Prevent Tooth Loss as You Grow Older
Neglect is the main cause of tooth loss, and most problems can be prevented with a simple regimen of daily home care for your teeth, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and regular dental examinations.
The main cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal (gum) disease. The good news is it’s preventable. And its progress can be stopped and potentially reversed with periodontal therapy. With treatment, your teeth can look younger, and feel healthier and stronger.
Because people are keeping their teeth longer, root caries (decay on the exposed root of the tooth) are a common problem.
The condition develops as gums recede, exposing the tooth itself to decay-causing bacteria. Gum problems, tobacco use, or brushing teeth with too much force (toothbrush abrasion) may contribute to gum recession.
Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Xerostomia is the lack of saliva or “dry mouth.” It’s not only uncomfortable, but it can cause dental problems. Without a steady flow of saliva, tooth enamel is more susceptible to decay. Fluoride treatment and extra care of teeth can discourage the damage.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Even if your teeth are healthy, they may be less than beautiful. Stains, chips, or large gaps can all contribute to the appearance of your smile, and whatever the condition of your teeth, we have the tools to enhance, strengthen, and support them.
You don’t have to settle for a future of discomfort or missing teeth. Contact us today, we’re here in your corner!