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Maintaining A Healthy Smile as You Age

Getting older is inevitable, but with the right dental care in Ajax, you can still enjoy a nice, attractive and healthy smile. As you begin to get older then you may be affected by general health problems and might need to take more medications than before, which can impact your dental health. This is why any treatments provided by Margolian Dentistry are continually adjusted to help you maintain optimal oral health right throughout your lifetime.

Common Problems with Ageing
There are some common problems associated with ageing and which include tooth discolorations, gum disease, dry mouth and a loss of a sense of taste. Some people also find it more difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, particularly if arthritis is a problem.

Darkening and Discoloured Teeth
Young people’s teeth are covered with an opaque layer of tooth enamel which is partly why children and young adults tend to have whiter teeth than older people. As we get older, tooth enamel becomes thinner as it is gradually worn down, exposing the dentin underneath your tooth enamel. This is a bone-like tissue that contains the natural, and almost certainly darker shade of your teeth. Teeth can also become stained if you like highly coloured foods, enjoy a glass of wine or are partial to a cup of tea or coffee.

Gum Disease
Unfortunately, gum disease does become more common with age and can be caused by less than perfect oral hygiene, poorly fitting dentures or bridges, and may be worsened by certain diseases, including diabetes. Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss.

Dry Mouth
Dry mouth or xerostomia is caused by a lack of saliva. Normally saliva has a protective effect on your oral health, washing away excess food and bacteria and keeping your mouth clean, fresh and comfortable. A lack of saliva can increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, and the risk of mouth infections. This can be a side-effect of many medications or maybe due to radiation therapy affecting the head and neck area. Xerostomia can also be a side-effect of certain diseases and which include Sjogren’s syndrome.

Impaired Sense of Taste
Medications, diseases and dentures can all affect your sense of taste. Upper dentures can often cause this problem because they cover up the taste buds in your upper palate.

How We Can Help You
At every dental checkup, we will ask about any changes to your general health, including prescription medicines. When combined with detailed information from your dental examination, this allows our dentist in Whitby to carefully customize your treatment plan and all the advice offered. For example, we can recommend suitable preventative and restorative treatments to help maintain and protect your natural teeth, reducing the effects of medications or health problems. People with medical problems such as diabetes, or who have dry mouth may benefit from more frequent professional cleanings as regularly removing plaque and tartar helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you are beginning to find it tricky to brush or floss, or if you simply hate flossing, then ask us for help and advice. We can talk to you about different techniques and tools to try and will work with you until we find a good solution you feel happy to use every day.

Rejuvenating Your Smile
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, then please talk to us. We can offer an extensive range of cosmetically oriented treatments to restore or replace teeth in Oshawa. Our options include advanced dental implants, and these can be a great solution for anyone with loose, uncomfortable dentures, helping you to smile with confidence.

Mar 9, 2018 | Posted by

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