How to Care for Your Teeth in Your 60’s

senior dental careWhen people hit 60, they suddenly think that their life is over and that they need to start making changes to their appearance in order to sustain some of their youth. And although there are some cosmetic changes that you can make to your face and body as you age, there are some things that are purely necessity as you age that will help you make sure that you age in comfort, such as taking care of your dental health. Read on to learn more about how you can care for your teeth in your 60’s.

Dental Implants
As you age, your body can start to lose bone mass which can weaken your teeth and make them more prone to cracking or falling out. If you start to notice that one of your teeth feels a bit loose or like it is going to fall out, then you might want to consider having it pulled and replaced with a dental implant. Dental implants offer patients an almost permanent solution to missing teeth and can give you back your ability to chew like normal once again.

Cottonmouth
According to the American Dental Association, about 30% of people over the age of 65 suffer from xerostomia, or cotton mouth. In order to help protect yourself against cottonmouth, make sure that you are drinking enough water and that you are aware of the side-effects of the medication that you are taking— as this is a common side-effect. Additionally, you can also combat xerostomia by chewing on gum throughout the day or sucking on mints, as both of these will help to speed up your mouth’s production of saliva.

Root Caries
Unfortunately, the older you are, the more prone you are to getting root caries. Root caries is a lesion located on the root surface of a tooth, that typically resides by the gingival margin. In fact, it is estimated that about 50% of people over the age of 75 suffer from root caries. In order to protect your teeth from root caries, make sure that you are visiting Welch Dental Group on a regular basis.

To learn more about how to care for your teeth while in your 60’s or to schedule an appointment, contact Welch Dental Group today!

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