20 Feb What Can I Expect to Happen to My Teeth and Gums as I Age?
The entire human body evolves over time. Just like changes to skin, hair, and physical attributes; teeth and gums are likely to change as we age as well. One of the things that can improve the chances of maintaining excellent oral health throughout life is to keep appointments with your dentist every six months.
At these bi-annual dental appointments, you are receiving:
Thorough cleaning – all plaque that has built-up since your previous dental visit is removed. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on teeth that can result in dental decay and/or gum disease.
Polishing – Your teeth will look their best because after plaque is removed, your dental provider will use a high speed instrument to polish teeth to remove stain and brighten your teeth’s appearance.
Exam – Your dentist is not just looking for cavities during your appointment. You are being checked for problems associated with oral cancer, gum disease, broken or cracked teeth, TMJ, worn enamel (from teeth grinding and jaw clenching), and gum recession … as well as decay.[pullquote]Your dentist is not just looking for cavities during your appointment.[/pullquote]
You can assist your dentist and improve your chances of maintaining great dental health by following a few rules:
Brush at least twice each day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel. Use a soft bristle tooth brush and do not use excessive pressure when brushing. A heavy hand can lead to premature gum recession.
Floss daily especially at night to remove dental debris your tooth brush did not reach. Daily flossing not only helps keep plaque limited, but gum tissue is stimulated each time you floss.
Monitor your diet to limit sugary snacks and beverages. Too much sugar increases plaque which contributes to dental decay and gum disease. This will be good for your waistline as well.
Do not smoke or use tobacco in any form.
Research has proven there is a correlation between dental health and overall physical health. People dealing with diseases of the immune system and/or heart disease face a greater chance of developing gum disease. Gum disease can affect people of all ages, but the risk increases when coupled with poor overall health.
While genetics may play a role in our ultimate dental health, taking great care of our oral health throughout life may allow us to keep our biological teeth for a lifetime of smiles.
Call Balcones Family Dental today and set up an appointment with one of our caring dentists.