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What Dental Problems To Watch For As You Age

What Dental Problems To Watch For As You Age
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

Read What Dental Problems To Watch For As You Age by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. to learn more about Grove Smiles® Dentistry and our Dentistry office in Coconut Grove, FL.

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With age comes beauty, is the adage, but do you feel it is becoming harder and harder to maintain a pristine, white smile.

If so, do not worry.  It is not because of neglect or laziness but is a natural result of teeth being used and worn down over time, but be aware of a few specific problems to keep an eye out for.

Age Factors To Watch For:

Dry Mouth – Dry mouth can be caused by anything from dehydration to smoking to medications.  As people age, they end up having to take more medications, which can reduce saliva production.  If there is not enough saliva in the mouth, the teeth are at high risk for decay.  Saliva is essential for neutralizing the acids in your mouth and also preventing demineralization of your teeth.  So if you find yourself noticing that your mouth is on the dry side, try chewing some sugar-free gum or drink more water throughout the day.

Teeth Shifting – Over time, teeth naturally continue to move around in your mouth.  This is not just a cosmetic issue but can also make your teeth more difficult to clean as the teeth crowd closer together. In addition, when your teeth are misaligned, it can damage the mouth tissues and jawbones and lead to tooth loss.  If you feel like your teeth have significantly shifted, make an appointment with your dentist to get fitted for retainers or spacers, which you may need to wear for a period of time.  Plus, make sure that you get frequent, thorough cleanings to prevent more tooth decay.

Decay – As you get older, you are more prone to getting cavities and having tooth decay, even if you do your best to keep your teeth clean.  Your teeth are more worn down in general than when you are younger, putting your teeth at risk. The root of your tooth also softens as you age and can become more exposed.  If you are worried about cavities and feel like your teeth are weaker than before, try using a fluoride rinse when you brush.

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Dr. Stephen Parr has been providing the Coconut Grove, FL, community dental care for over forty years and looks forward to helping you and your families keep your healthy sparkling smiles for life.

If you are looking to whiten, brighten, and keep your teeth pearly white, call our amazing team of dentists and hygienists today and let us help you create that confident smile you will love to share.

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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