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As you age, maintaining healthy oral habits is essential to help your teeth last a lifetime. People over the age of 65 have an increased chance of gum disease, tooth loss, and dental decay. Although teeth changes will occur, there are a few ways to help support healthy teeth and gums as you grow older. 

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Acknowledge Natural Wear and Tear

Teeth changes are natural. Wear and tear come to all physical aspects of life, including our bodies, and teeth are no exception. After so much use, older teeth are more worn down than younger teeth. As we age, our teeth get weaker, more susceptible to cracks and breaks. This makes proper care more important than ever. This can include being aware of more sensitive teeth and forming specific treatment plans with your dentist as necessary. 

While it is natural for teeth to wear down, you don’t have to expedite the process, and there are some measures you can take to preserve your teeth as much as possible. Wearing a nightguard is a great way to protect your teeth. Another type of protection comes with monitoring what you put in your mouth, as described below.

Recognize Food and Drinks to Avoid

You’ve likely noticed or are already aware that some foods and drinks, including coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco, act as staining agents to teeth, causing mild to severe discoloration, especially with frequent use over time. Tobacco is the most serious of these elements to avoid, since “the risk of developing an oral cavity cancer increases with age and tobacco use,” as studied by Harvard Health Publishing.

Having a dry mouth is also a bigger concern with age, especially since it’s paired with increased cavity risk. Tobacco dries out your mouth even more — another reason to avoid it. It’s the same with alcohol and caffeinated beverages. If you must have these drinks, counteract the dry mouth effects with sugarless gums and plenty of water.

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Be Aware of Gum Health

Teeth changes that come with age are not just about teeth, because your smile is more than teeth: it’s also about your gums. Naturally, gums will thin and recede with age. That doesn’t just make your smile look different; gum recession exposes the softer roots of teeth. Without as much protection, teeth can more easily get cavities. You are also more vulnerable to gum disease as you get older for this reason.

Gum health is critical to be aware of when it comes to maintaining a healthy appearance and sensation in your mouth. The last thing you want is discomfort, swelling, or pain in the gums to affect the look and feel of your smile. Be aware of the symptoms of gum disease and pay attention to your gum appearance and feel. Let your dentist know immediately if you have itchy gums or any pain in your mouth. It’s best to take care of small issues as soon as possible before they become emergencies.

Prioritize Your Dental Care

As your teeth change with age, it’s more important than ever to prioritize your dental care. Establish a consistent routine of regular dental checkups and dedicated oral hygiene maintenance at home to keep a youthful-looking smile even through the natural wear and tear that comes with teeth changes with age.

Here at Definitive Dental, we’re here to help you with personalized care towards promoting your oral health at any age, from 6 months old  to 100 years old. Get in contact with us today so we can get started with your custom treatment plan. From dental emergencies to dentures and regular cleanings, we have all the services you need for complete oral health! 

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Dental implants are titanium devices that act as replacement roots for missing or damaged teeth. Getting dental implants involves surgical placement, letting them heal, and then adding a metal connection called an abutment. Finally, a crown that functions and looks like a natural tooth is placed on top of the abutment. Dental implants are an excellent alternative to bridges or dentures, particularly in patients who don’t want anything removable or to drill on the adjacent teeth.

When Are Dental Implants Necessary?

If you have at least one missing or broken tooth that needs to be replaced, you may consider getting dental implants. Patients with loose partials, dentures, bridges and those wanting to improve their chewing, speech, or face structure may also benefit from getting dental implants.

Note that you are generally a good candidate for dental implants if you have enough bone to support your implants or with bone grafting to provide the necessary bone. Strong bone is key for implant success, as implants should last for life. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

One of the advantages of dental implants is that they don’t affect the surrounding teeth. In addition, dental implants can prevent bone loss and maintain your jaw’s natural shape and appearance.

Appearance

Dental implants match your mouth’s natural teeth and are available in a broad range of sizes and shapes. Your dental team will make sure that your implants match your surrounding teeth’s color and fit in your gaps perfectly, so only you and your dentist will be able to tell your natural teeth from your implants.

Biting Ability

Dental implants’ benefits also include the ability to restore your bite force. That’s because a dental implant’s titanium post is securely anchored in the jawbone. As a result, it is strong enough to allow you to bite using the same force you would use with a natural tooth. 

Speaking Ability

Yet another reason to choose dental implants is that they will help you speak naturally and easily. Whereas dentures can make it hard to pronounce some words correctly, implants can enhance your speech simply because they function and look like your natural teeth.

Cavity Prevention

Finally, dental implants offer the benefit of being resistant to cavities. You will still have to care for your gums to keep infection-causing bacteria from accumulating in the mouth. However, the material in dental implants can’t decay, which means cavities will never be a problem for them.

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What Are the Next Steps?

If you are interested in getting dental implants, our expert, Dr. Guirguis is eager to help. Dr. Guirguis has trained across the country with some of the best instructors in the nation and has successfully placed hundreds of implants. 

Your implant procedure may take place in a single stage or multiple stages depending on your unique situation, with the surgery generally taking one to two hours each time. There is no postoperative discomfort associated with this procedure. Then it will take about three months for your implants to completely integrate into your jawbone and be ready for a crown. Implant dentures can be made to serve as a temporary in the case all teeth are removed or no natural teeth remain.

Book an implant appointment today by calling or texting us at (972) 646-0660, or reach out via our contact form to request an appointment.

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