Can My Age Affect My Cavity Risk?
Posted April 17, 2017 by Wager-Evans Dental
As a person ages, years of use can cause wear and tear on teeth. Of course, this is not exactly avoidable, as it occurs inevitably when you bite and chew. What you can do is protect yourself against cavities, even as changes take place with your smile. Keeping your smile clean by brushing and flossing is vital at any age. For older patients, that care can help to protect you from an increased cavity risk created by wear and tear, or from a condition like dry mouth, which makes you more vulnerable to problems. Of course, it is certainly important to remember that your dentist is a reliable source of preventive and restorative dental care, and that routine checkups can have real value.
If you are worried about your cavity risk increasing, make sure you are going in for regular checkups. You should also be sure to stay on top of your brushing and flossing habits. Brushing at least two times a day, and flossing once a day, will help you eradicate bacteria and food debris that can cause decay. Staying hydrated is also important – if you experience dry mouth, you are lacking sufficient saliva production. Saliva acts like a natural protector for our smiles.
If you are worried about losing teeth as you age, you should understand that the biggest tooth loss threat comes from gum disease. Your dentist can provide a Perio Tray when you notice signs of possible periodontal worries. If the effects of wear and tear are bothering you, set a time to talk about cosmetic work with your dentist.
Regular care at Wager-Evans Dental can help you keep your smile in good shape over the years. Wear and tear due to use may be natural, but an unhealthy smile does not have to feel inevitable. You can come to our office to receive regular care, and we can take care of you when you need work to address a problem. Our office is in Reno, NV, and we also proudly welcome patients from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all surrounding communities. If you wish to set a time to see us, you can visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845. Patient forms are available online.