Preserving Teeth as We Age

Preserving Teeth as We Age

As we get older, we are more prone to oral health problems. But it does not have to be that way. By following a few simple tips, we can ensure the health of our teeth throughout our years.

  1. Evaluate the need to replace fillings, crowns and other restorations every eight years.
    Old fillings and crowns can weaken or crack over time. New decay can form around old restorations and can even go undetected, leading to more serious problems later. Your dentist should closely evaluate the condition of your restorations every eight years and replace any that are questionable. 

  2. Use an electric toothbrush.
    Manual toothbrushes can remove plaque from our teeth, but most people do not know how to use them properly. Electric toothbrushes are very effective at removing plaque and are very easy to use. In addition, most people do not brush their teeth for long enough. An electric toothbrush has a timer to ensure that you brush for the full 2 minutes that dentists recommend.

  3. Wear a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth.
    Grinding and clenching can wear away tooth enamel and weaken our teeth over time. In addition, these behaviors often occur unconsciously during sleep. Your dentist will notice if you suffer from this condition. If so, ask for a nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

  4. Use the right oral hygiene products for your circumstances.
    Some people have sensitive teeth. Others are prone to cavities or gum disease. Specific formulations of toothpastes, mouth rinses and other hygiene products exist to address any of these conditions and more. To best protect your oral health, use the products that are designed to address the specific conditions you have.