Your teeth were meant to last for a lifetime. So, as you get older, there is no reason to expect that as your number of birthdays increases, the number of your teeth will decrease. Healthy dental habits will keep your teeth right where they should be.
That’s not to say that things don’t change as you get older. For one thing, the nerves in your teeth can become smaller. That means you may not notice cavities or other problems the way you did in the past. Your gums may also start to recede. Some medications for asthma or high blood pressure can contribute to dry mouth, which increases the risk of decay and infection.
So, what can you do to keep a healthy mouth? For one thing, drink more water. Fluoridated tap water helps to prevent tooth decay. If you smoke or use tobacco, it’s time to stop. Tobacco use increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. If you wear full, or partial dentures, clean them daily and make sure to remove them for at least four hours a day. Be sure to take them out at night. Regular visits to your dentist at any age is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile.
At Eastside Periodontics in Center Line, Michigan, we’ll be happy to perform an exam and give you a cleaning, and Dr. Jack Schwarcz will take the time to talk with you about how your body and your dental needs may change over time. Together, we’ll work out the best treatment to make certain that your teeth last a lifetime. Give us a call today at 586-757-5454.