How to Care for Aging Teeth

Everyone assumes that when they get older they will lose their teeth and wear dentures. Thankfully, this is not always the case. In fact, if we take care of our  aging teeth every day, we will be able to enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime.

As we get older the nerves in our teeth are not as large as they are  in a younger person’s mouth. This causes cavities to go undetected and often overlooked. Furthermore, it is important to see your dentist for regular checkups, x-rays and teeth cleanings.

What are some dental conditions that may occur with age?

Dental conditions such as periodontitis, dry mouth, root and coronal caries may occur with age.

What are some tips on how to keep aging teeth healthy?

• Brush twice a day and floss between teeth daily
• Drink a lot of fluoridated water, this will help prevent cavities
• Stop smoking, this will prevent gum disease and tooth loss
• Visit your dentist regularly by getting x-rays and regular teeth cleanings
• Eat a healthy diet with low sugar

By choosing a healthy life style by eating less sugar and maintaining your teeth every day, your smile should end up lasting a lifetime.

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Oral Cancer Screenings are Very Important!

The type of cancer that everyone hears or reads about the most is usually cancers such as lung, breast, and brain cancers. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about oral cancer, and tend to overlook that cancer could actually develop in a person’s mouth.
In case point, even though oral cancer does not top the list of leading cancers, it too is a serious devastating disease, with a 5 year survival rate at 60% or lower. In fact, that would be more than enough reason to call your dentist and set up an appointment to get your mouth screened for oral cancer. Unlike other cancers, oral cancer signs are easy to detect at their earlies stage.
Getting checkups and oral cancer screenings is easy and inexpensive. On your next dental visit, ask your dentist for information on oral cancer screenings, and what to expect during the exam.
In order to help prevent and protect yourself from oral cancer below are some simple steps that you can take to protect yourself from this deadly disease….

1. Ask your dentist to screen for oral cancer on your next visit
2. Stop smoking cigarettes, pipes, and cigars
3. Stop using smokeless tobacco products including electric cigarettes
4. Do not consume alcohol products excessively
5. Eat a balanced diet of nutritional food
6. Avoid being overly exposed to the sun

To learn more about oral cancer and the symptoms, read this article. Also, be sure to contact your dentist today, and schedule an oral screening on your next visit.

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Got Cavities? Now what …

At a young age, our mothers and fathers begin reminding us before bedtime, “brush your teeth or else you’ll get a cavity!” Growing up, this is usually enough to get a kid up out of bed and back in the bathroom to properly brush and floss their teeth. The fear of having to go to the dentist  for cavities and of having a possibly painful operation is greater than childish rebellion or laziness.

Most kids don’t know what a cavity is, let alone what happens when you need to remove one. The truth is most adults do not know until they have had one either. The hard thing is if you don’t understand what cavities are, you don’t know how to protect yourself from getting one.

Back to the Basics

To start, what is a cavity? It’s a hole in your tooth.

A cavity occurs when there is tooth decay or erosion of the enamel on your teeth. The formation of a cavity starts with the build up of plaque. While plaque occurs no matter what you do, consuming sugary foods and drinks causes higher amounts of plaque to form. When you brush and floss your teeth, you help to reduce and prevent build up of plaque. When plaque is left on your tooth enamel for too long, its bacteria will attack and break down your enamel.

The number one way to prevent cavities is to practice good, strong oral health and hygiene practices. This means brushing and flossing at least twice-a-day, choosing nutritious and healthy food options, maintaining a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups.

What happens when you get a cavity?

If you do get a cavity, don’t worry. It happens to even those who take perfect care of their teeth. In most cases, visiting a dentist and repairing your cavity is an easy and painless process.

In most cases, patients will need a filling to keep the tooth decay from worsening. This means removing the decayed and affected areas in your teeth. Then, the dentist will clean out the area and replace the hole with, you guessed it, a filling.

For more developed cases where the tooth decay alters the shape of the tooth, a crown will needed. A crown is essential like a tooth-shaped cap. First, you will visit the dentist to get an impression of your tooth and have a temporary crown placed on your infected tooth. Next, you will come back to the dentist to have a permanent crown based on your impression placed in your mouth. Less often, an entire tooth extraction may be needed when a filling in crown is not enough to save the tooth.

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