Dentistry for Senior Citizens
Retirement is a stage of life that many seniors eagerly anticipate and enjoy. Your teeth, however, can never retire and they shouldn’t have to. With proper hygiene and regular dental checkups at Foothills Dental Centre, your teeth can give you a lifetime of functionality and smiles.
Of course, as people age their teeth age, too. seniors, therefore, are more susceptible to the long-term effects of wear and tear on their teeth, decreased salivary flow, broken fillings, cracked teeth and for some, medications that can lead to an increased incidence of cavities.
Of particular concern is the risk of gum disease. Research shows that gum disease is the main cause, in a majority of cases, for tooth loss in seniors. And in most of these cases, gum disease is the result of not taking good care of your mouth with daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist.
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to a number of oral as well as general health concerns. One of the most notable consequences of gum disease is tooth loss. In addition to difficulty chewing and talking, missing teeth can lead to jaw bone deterioration, which causes a person’s facial features to sag—a definite and usually undesirable sign of aging.
A dental implant is an option for tooth replacement that helps maintain a healthy jaw bone. An implant consists of a small titanium post that is surgically set in the bone. As such, this post stimulates healthy bone growth and is a stable foundation for a crown that is most similar to a natural tooth when it comes to chewing and smiling.
Today, seniors are living longer and teeth are a critical component to making life healthy and happy, allowing you to eat the foods you enjoy most, talk with the people you value, and smile and laugh with family and friends. Take care of your teeth at every age, and your teeth will take care of you.