Dental health for over 50's

Keep your teeth as fit and healthy as you are.

As we age, so do our teeth. But just as we take steps to keep our bodies fit and healthy, we can also take steps to make sure our teeth can keep up too!

We say it so often, but that doesn’t make it less true; with proper care – brushing and flossing daily – and regular dentist checkups, there is no reason why your teeth won’t last you a lifetime.

That’s not to say that there might not be some problems, so here are some signs to look out for, and mention to your dentist at your next appointment.

Over time most of us have had some dental work done. A common problem can be fillings, or other dental work, deteriorating. This can cause problems and impact your other teeth, so it’s best to get these checked and sorted as soon as possible when you feel any changes.

Long in the tooth

Ever wondered where the saying ‘long in the tooth’ comes from? Well, it is a reference to the fact that, over time, your gums recede, which makes your teeth look longer. Receding gums can be caused by a range of things, including plaqueA soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives. buildup and gum disease. It can be stopped with treatment, and your dentist will be able to advise the best course of action for your teeth.

One thing we all notice as we get older is that our teeth become more sensitive. This can be due to receding gums exposing parts of your teeth that aren’t protected by enamelHard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth.. It’s not pleasant, that feeling that catches us when we eat or drink something that is a little colder or hotter than usual.

To begin with, using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth should help the problem. However, if you feel that the problem is getting worse, it is a good idea to speak to your dentist as it could be a sign of other problems that need to be sorted out.

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