How aging affects your smile
- Posted on: Apr 15 2020
When many men and women think of the term “aging,” the first change that comes to mind is the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. However, many do not think about their oral health when it comes to entering into the later stages of their lives. In addition to providing many solutions for the smile, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we also provide education for aging patients in taking care of an aging smile. Below are just a few of the specific concerns the team at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center will monitor for our older patients:
- Dry mouth – dry mouth is a side effect of many medications, and can also be a problem coinciding with a certain medical condition such as diabetes. Proper saliva flow in the mouth is critical to ensuring a healthy mouth. When dry mouth occurs, it not only robs the mouth of saliva, but it can also increase the levels of bacteria that are present, contributing to the risk of developing periodontal disease. Talk to your dentist if you are struggling with dry mouth and want to learn how to keep the mouth moist with proper levels of saliva.
- Bone loss – bone loss occurs throughout the body as we age, and the density of the bones can impact oral health. Every tooth in the mouth is rooted into the jawbone. If one or more teeth are loss, the bone will weaken and can shrink. This can result in the loss of more teeth, or the need for dentures. Our dentists take the time to educate patients on ways to reduce their risk of bone loss to maintain a healthier smile.
- Tooth loss – alongside bone loss is tooth loss. Dentures are a common way to replace teeth, but with proper preventative care and maintenance of natural bone, most patients can avoid needed dentures at some point in their lives. We encourage our senior patients to speak to our dental staff about ways of reducing the risk of tooth loss.
Learn more about how to care for your smile throughout the years!
At Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center, we are committed to offering patients solutions to maintain oral health and wellness well into the golden years! If you live in the area of Webster, TX, call us today to request an appointment at (281) 557-8097. Our dentists are conveniently located at 202 West Medical Center Boulevard.