Senior citizens face unique challenges in maintaining a healthy smile as they age. Few understand these issues better than Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistrywho specialize in cosmetic dentistry for senior citizens on Long Island.
Our Suffolk County cosmetic dentists truly sympathize with the physical pain and emotional suffering older patients with a lifetime of wear-and-tear on their teeth face. Their compassionate approach to dentistry and many years of experience have garnered a number of positive reviews online.
They tell patients that these five tips are the best way to achieve a healthy and bright smile as the years go on.
We have seen great teeth in 90-year-olds and poor teeth in 20-year-olds, so it all just depends on a combination of genetics, home maintenance, and routine dental care. We do tend to see the start of oral health decline in people after 40, though. Seniors, in particular, tend to get more cavities along the gum line due to decreasing dexterity and dry mouth from medications. A full examination every six months will remove plaque and tartar buildup that lead to cavities and allow dentists to treat any issues that may contribute to oral health issues. Dentists are also often the first detectors of undiagnosed diabetes, heart conditions, stroke risk, and cancer.
Brushing removes surface-level bacteria that may otherwise cause tooth decay. As a person ages, receding gum lines expose more of the tooth root and old fillings loosen, making one more susceptible to gum disease and cavities. While brushing won’t prevent these occurrences, it is the best you can do as a counterbalance. A toothbrush can’t reach every space, so be sure to floss daily to hit the areas where decay and gum disease typically start.
Dry mouth is a common cause of cavities, since saliva does much to wash bacteria away from our teeth. Unfortunately, it’s a normal part of aging – and also a common side effect of over 500 medications including those for cholesterol, depression, high blood pressure, and allergies.
To keep the mouth moistened, the American Dental Association recommends:
Recent studies indicate that certain foods help with oral health, including:
This is a tip people really dislike hearing because most people know they should quit, but find it extremely difficult. Yet, consider this: Half the cases of severe gum disease are a direct result of cigarette smoking. Here are some other compelling reasons to make quitting a priority this year:
We are not here to nag. We’re here to help! Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot hope you will feel comfortable asking them about the latest technology and cosmetic dentistry services available.
Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry specialize in helping seniors with the most common oral health concerns, including: gum disease, receding gums, stained or worn teeth, denture comfort, loose teeth, and dry mouth. Call 631-246-4992 to schedule a free consultation today!.
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- Susan S.
"I needed work and had anxiety. The entire office made me feel welcome and as calm as I could get. I am almost finished and so happy with the people and the work done."
"As a resident of both New York City and Long Island I am so pleased to have discovered this practice. Up on all the latest dental procedures and techniques makes necessary treatment easy and well done!"
"I would recommend using Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. They helped me change the way I look dramatically. Thanks so much!"