Over 50? Be Aware of These Dental Concerns
Humans are living longer than ever due to improvements in health and medicine. Being 50 is no longer as challenging as it used to be, especially if you’ve always taken great care of yourself.
Getting older shouldn’t be synonymous with missing or decayed teeth, or dentures.
However, just as your health requirements change as you get older, so do your dental needs, and it’s important to be aware of the issues you’re likely to experience in the later stages of your life.
Your Ageing Enamel
Over the years, your teeth have been subjected to a lot of chewing, clenching and high–acid foods and drinks. As a result, the enamel that covers and protects the living tissue of your teeth thins, cracks or is worn away.
Your teeth may appear darker, dull, worn, have a poor colour or may become sensitive. As the enamel thins, the darker dentine shows through, making your teeth appear aged, and home bleaching kits do little to improve the appearance.
Enamel can crack and peel away, leaving the dentine exposed and because it’s more porous and rougher than enamel, bacterial plaque, calculus and stains build-up, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
Your Ageing Gums
Ageing gums often start to recede, exposing the vulnerable tooth roots. The roots don’t have a protective layer of enamel so they’re more susceptible to decay.
Decaying teeth can eventually come loose and fall out, causing the remaining teeth to become misaligned.
Elderly people can lose dexterity in their hands making it harder to brush their teeth.
Negative changes in teeth can be prevented if they are detected early. If these changes have already occurred, biomimetic dentistry and tooth whitening therapy may rejuvenate dental health, function and aesthetics.
Visit your Dentist Regularly
If you’ve been seeing your dentist on a regular basis, it’s important to keep this routine as you and your teeth age.
Prevention is always better than cure and your dentist can assess your teeth and discover small problems before they become bigger issues requiring more complex treatments.
Using biomimetic dentistry, your teeth can be restored to keep them functioning properly and your smile glowing well into your senior years without dentures or implants.
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Discover excellence in everything we do by calling us on 07 5591 2262 or contacting us online and one of our friendly, professional team members will connect with you to discuss your dental challenges and goals.