Despite miles on your smiles and certain issues that come with advancing years, the good news is … you can successfully meet those challenges with the help of Dr. Braverman and your physician.
Wearing dentures, taking medications and general health conditions are some of the issues many seniors face.
Cavities and decay on the root surfaces of the teeth are more common in older adults. So it’s important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and see your dentist regularly.
Sensitivity can be a problem. Your gums naturally recede over time, exposing areas of the tooth that are not protected by enamel. These areas are particularly prone to pain due to cold or hot foods or beverages.
Try an anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If the problem persists, see your dentist, as the sensitivity may be an indication of a more serious condition, such as a cavity or a cracked or fractured tooth.
Dry mouth may be caused by medications or certain medical disorders. Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth. Dr.Braverman can recommend various methods to restore moisture in your mouth, as well as appropriate treatments or medications to help prevent problems associated with dry mouth.
If you wear dentures, they require special care. Dentures—full or partial—should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush or denture cleaning brush, using a commercially prepared denture powder or paste, hand soap, or baking soda.
Gum disease is a potentially serious condition that can affect people of all ages, but especially people over 40. Many factors can increase the severity of gum disease such as bad diet, poor oral hygiene, systemic diseases and certain medications.
Regular dental checkups can insure early detection and treatment of gum disease. Best of all, it is easy to prevent gum disease from developing in the first place, by practicing proper oral hygiene.
Tooth loss is NOT inevitable in your golden years. If you look after your teeth and gums, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy retirement with a full set of healthy teeth!
Contact our office for a complimentary consultation to discuss all your dental needs.