Dentist in Capitol Hill DC: Your Teeth Can Last Your Lifetime
Thanks to improvements in dental care, members of the baby boom generation have a much better chance of keeping their natural teeth than previous generations. While it’s always important to maintain proper oral hygiene, specific issues of aging do affect oral health and require additional attention.
Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine
The daily routine started in childhood – brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing – is even more essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. As you age, plaque tends to build up more quickly and is more likely to harden into tartar without proper oral hygiene. Moreover, it’s common for older adults to have more cavities and decay on the root surfaces of the teeth.
Tooth sensitivity increases with age as the gums naturally recede over time. The exposed areas of the tooth are particularly sensitive to cold or hot foods or beverages. Using a soft toothbrush and desensitizing tooth paste is recommended.
Your Regular Dental Checkup
As a dentist in Capitol Hill DC, I know for sure that your regular dental checkup is even more important as you age. Most dentists recommend a cleaning at least every six months and many patients opt for an interval of 4 months between cleanings. The oral exam by your dentist is an important tool for diagnosing and treating any age related oral problems.
Always be sure to let you dentist know of any existing health issues you’re facing. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as medications you are taking can affect your oral health. Dry mouth is a common condition that may be caused by medical disorders or medications. As the neutralizing effect of saliva is reduced, your teeth are at risk of increased decay. Your dentist can recommend treatments that restore the moisture and prevent problems.
I am always eager to answer any questions you might have about any family dental care issues. If you have concerns about whether changes in your teeth or gums are related to the aging process, you don’t have to wait for your next checkup. You can schedule an appointment at your convenience.
Dr. Nishan Halim