Once our permanent teeth arrive, those are the teeth we get for a lifetime. Just as with any other part of your body, your teeth will experience plenty of wear, tear, and change as you age. In this blog post, we’ll explore some common dental concerns to keep in mind as you get older.
Wear & Tear
Our teeth are strong, but our life spans are long. It’s a marvel that they can often last a lifetime. When they do, though, they don’t exactly stay perfect and pristine as the years pile up. With daily activities like chewing and biting, through stressful times that induce grinding and clenching, through various medications, and more, your teeth will become worn. Gradual wear and tear may result in a variety of different outcomes from subtle sensitivity, to the need for orthodontic work. Your dentist will keep an eye on your teeth as you age, and suggest solutions to significant wear if needed.
This one goes hand in hand with wear and tear. As your enamel wears down with time, it causes your teeth to become discolored, often a yellow or gray hue. Plus, over the years, you’ll surely enjoy all kinds of delicious, but tooth-staining, indulgences like coffee and red wine. Gradually it’ll change the color of the teeth. Talk to your dentist if it’s something you want to fix—you may be a candidate for professional whitening or veneers.
Gum disease is generally common, and even more so in older patients. The longer you have with your teeth, the more likely it is that plaque accumulates along the gum line. And although we stress the importance of a daily dental routine for seniors, we understand that tooth care becomes difficult for those patients with limited dexterity and mobility. If you see signs of gum disease, alert your dentist. Signals to look out for include bleeding around the guns, gum recession, halitosis, and loose teeth.
Great Dental Care for All Ages
Here at Stono Dental Care, we know how to cater to the unique needs of an aging mouth. And remember, a key component of a great dental routine is a twice yearly visit to our office for a cleaning and exam. Make sure your next appointment is on the books—call us today!Contact Us