As our bodies age, our teeth are no different in that their needs change over time. In the same way that our diet or exercise regimens will alter with our number of years, teeth, too, should be cared for differently with each passing year.
One of the biggest changes in your dental health is the teeth themselves and how they are felt. Nerves diminish or lessen over time, so the older you become, the less sensitive you can become to telltale signs that something is wrong, such as pain or sensitiveness to temperature. Biting into ice cream or taking a chunk of hardened bread might seem like an everyday part of a delicious meal, but when you no longer have the receptors to tell you something is wrong, ailments go unnoticed for far longer.
Cavities, tooth decay, and more can all go unnoticed, simply because you aren’t aware that anything has gone wrong.
How to Prepare for Aging Dental Changes
Patients of all ages should schedule regular dental checkups. Meet with your dentist for a wellness exam where your teeth can be checked for any issues that need to be addressed. You should also have your teeth regularly cleaned to help avoid decay that sits or seeps.
Regular brushing and flossing are another great way to keep your teeth in ideal dental health. Brush twice a day and floss to give your pearly whites the attention they deserve. This will also help keep food particles or bacteria from seeping into your teeth and causing further damage.
When ignored, teeth or gum problems can become severe, or even lead to issues in other parts of the body. In addition, taking good care of one’s teeth can be an early identifier for problems elsewhere in the body.
Keeping Oral Health Top of Mind
One of the biggest reasons oral health can fail in one’s older years is that they fail to give teeth and gums the attention they deserve. When other medications or doctor visits become the priority, it’s easy to overcome something like brushing one’s teeth. Aging minds can also be more forgetful, either wondering if they already brushed their teeth, or simply mixing up a nighttime routine.
If you’re caring for a loved one, help remind them to take good care of their teeth and gums. Or, if you’re struggling with your own oral health, consider daily reminders that can help keep your hygiene routine on track.
Dental Health in Years to Come
Teeth and gums can remain in good health for years to come, so long as they see proper care. One of the biggest ways to ensure proper dental health is to schedule regular checkups and maintain proper tooth and gum cleaning methods. Appointments are available at Family Dentistry of Columbus with our skilled dentists, Dr. Polk and Dr. Parker.
At Family Dentistry of Columbus, we are well trained in the art of aging dental care and are ready to discuss your ongoing needs. To learn more about proper dental care as you age or to schedule your next appointment, give us a call today.