Common Dental Problems Older Patients Can Experience
Posted November 29, 2017 by Wager-Evans Dental
If you want to keep your smile in great health over the years, you should understand that effective practices today may be less helpful in later years. Our bodies can go through considerable changes as we age, and those changes can impact our health. Our oral health can also be impacted by different issues. The level of care you provide your smile over the years can keep you from issues that might leave you in poor condition. That being said, natural friction can lead to the wearing away of protective enamel, and health problems like dry mouth can make it easier for cavities to form. Professional preventive dental care can be highly important for older patients struggling to adapt to these changes.
If your enamel begins to wear away over time, it can affect the brightness of your teeth, and your ability to keep them healthy. Unfortunately, this issue can take place naturally simply due to the friction caused by biting and chewing. However, you should know that acidic items can soften and weaken enamel. Brushing with too much force can also lead to needless wear.
If you worry that you might suffer tooth loss as you age, you should take care to protect your gums. Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults – good dental care can help you prevent this problem from developing. If you show signs of gingivitis, let your dentist know about them. You can be provided with a Perio Tray, which will help you fight an infection.
At Wager-Evans Dental, our practice is proud to provide oral health services to patients of all ages. We can work with older adults, who might find new challenges are interfering with their ability to avoid cavities. In addition to restorative care, we can provide preventive services to help preserve the quality of your smile. Located in Reno, NV, we proudly offer care for residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all surrounding areas. To set a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.