Were you surprised at your last dental visit that your dentist found a cavity or two? Then you will also be surprised to learn that today children and seniors are the two highest at-risk groups for tooth decay.
As we age, our mouths age along with our bodies. Tooth enamel wears away, gums recede and some people lose parts of their jawbone. Many baby boomers probably have recollections of grandparents who had false or missing teeth, likely the result of dental disease, lack of fluoridated water or tooth extraction, which was once a common treatment for dental problems.
Fortunately, thanks to today’s modern dental procedures and new technologies, we are keeping our teeth longer. But the longer we have our teeth, the more we expose them to the elements that can cause tooth decay.
Angell’s Dentistry offers some tips to improve your chances of staying dental cavity-free as you experience those “golden” years:
- Follow a diet that is low in sugar and high in calcium to promote tooth health.
- Use toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain fluoride.
- Drink water and suck on sugar-free candy or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production and reduce dry mouth.
- Improve teeth brushing dexterity by wrapping an elastic bandage around your toothbrush handle. An electric toothbrush may also be helpful for those who cannot maneuver a manual toothbrush easily.
- Try using floss holders and waxed floss to make daily flossing easier.
Regular dental visits are crucial for seniors. Dr. Angell and our hygienists will check for the dental problems that affect older patients, including gum disease, root decay and oral cancer.
Now that you have the chance to keep your teeth for a lifetime, you should take advantage of it. If you have concerns about cavities, Dr. Douglas Angell and the dental hygienists at Angell’s Dentistry will be happy to answer your questions. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a checkup and evaluation. We invite you to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com to learn more about us.