The Effects of Age on Your Smile
Aging takes a toll on our bodies and our smiles, but it is possible to stay healthy and keep your smile looking its best as you age.
Periodontal Disease Impacts Your Overall Health
Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to some serious health issues all over the body – the heart, kidneys, brain, and lungs are just a few. Maintaining healthy gums can improve your overall wellness.
Dry Mouth Is an Issue
Salivary glands may not work as efficiently as you age, especially if you are taking certain medications that cause dry mouth. Be sure to sip water throughout the day and don’t wait for thirst to let you know it’s time for some water.
Avoiding sugary and acidic drinks will help prevent tooth decay.
Arthritis Might Affect Your Brushing Technique
Stiff joints can make it more difficult to reach every area of your mouth with a toothbrush. Choosing an electric toothbrush can help, since its motor does most of the work. We can help you choose an electric toothbrush that is easier to hold and maneuver even with painful hands.
Teeth become Darker with Age
It is never too late to spruce up your smile. Years of stains may make your teeth look darker than they need to and most patients, even seniors, can safely whiten their teeth and see dramatic results.
Enamel thins with age, so if your teeth look particularly dark, other cosmetic solutions can improve the color of your teeth.
For more information about senior dental health, contact your dentist in Southeast, TX, Dr. Whitney Gomez, to learn more about how to keep your smile and your body healthy.