You Never Outgrow Dental Care
Aging makes you more aware of your health with new challenges, including your oral health. Keep your smile beautiful in your golden years by understanding the oral difficulties you may face and scheduling regular visits with your Carolina Smiles dentist to prevent them.
What Conditions are Common
Be aware of changes in your oral health. Aging increases the risk of many oral complications, including:
- Gum Disease: Periodontal disease is more serious than bleeding gums. It is an infection in the gums and can cause complications with other health conditions related to age, including diabetes, heart disease, and even arthritis.
- Receding Gums: Receding gums is common in seniors. Receding gums can expose the roots of your teeth. This causes temperature sensitivity and increases the risk of decay and loosening teeth.
- Dry Mouth: Uncomfortable dry mouth happens when your mouth does not produce enough saliva as a side effect of certain medications or other health complications. Without saliva, teeth are vulnerable to decay, infections, bad breath, and periodontal disease.
- Cavities: Although anyone can experience cavities, they may happen more often with age. Enamel wears away, and old fillings may weaken and need replacement.
How Seniors Can Take Care of Their Dental Health
Although you cannot stop aging, you can protect your teeth now and for years to come by kicking up your oral hygiene. Choose antibacterial mouthwash, fluoride-containing toothpaste, and live a healthy lifestyle. See the dentists at Carolina Smiles Dentistry for routine cleanings at least two times a year to protect your beautiful smile.
No matter your age, your dental appointments are just as important as any others. Call our office at 919-620-6700 to schedule an appointment for your child.
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