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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Old Age and Teeth

Great dental care is a must at any age. But as you get older, it is especially important to keep your teeth and gums clean and problem free.

As the years go by, various factors can take their toll on your teeth and gums. Enamel wears down from the repeated biting motions. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and sugary snacks and sodas can also cause damage over time. Plaque build-up can cause cavities and lead to gum disease. Tooth discoloration is also very common, but can be prevented or minimized by altering your diet, quitting smoking and other changes.

It may be impossible to stop the effects of aging. But you can prevent the deterioration of your dental health by maintaining a strong-at home brushing and flossing routine, visiting the dentist regularly, and talking to your dentist if you have any concerns. Your dentist can identify and treat any potential problems (like gum disease) before they negatively affect your smile. And if your teeth and gums start to show signs of aging, there are so many cosmetic smile enhancement options to choose from. The important thing to remember is that while aging will have an effect on your teeth and gums, you have the power to keep your mouth healthy.

Ways you can keep your smile healthy:
  • Dental work updates (replacing old or outdated fillings, crowns, etc.)
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Early gum disease treatment
  • Tooth replacement with Dentures and partials or dental implants

To learn more about keeping your teeth in great shape, visit the American Dental Association. Or, please contact Colonial Dental Group to find out more about great dental health at any age.

posted by Patti at 12:49 PM

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