Warning Signs for the 50s and Up Crowd
As a passionate Sedation Dentist in Connecticut, I applaud peoples’ efforts to maintain good oral health—believe me, I know how difficult it can be. As a professional I try my best to advise patients on how to keep their smile in check and also how to look for warning signs beyond their youth and into their golden years—because as much as I would love to be there every step of the way—self vigilance is key to a healthy smile for all ages.
Some things to look for when you your 50s (or even if you’re not) include:
Fluoridated water was not as widespread when those in this specific age group were growing up. Therefore fillings and cracks are commonly seen at the office. Because teeth are never as strong after they have been repaired, it is important to be stringent with your oral health routine. One common area to pay special attention to is the gum line. Taking notice of twinges and taking early action will help avoid larger breaks requiring full crowns or caps, and even root canal surgery.
Sensitive Teeth and Painful Gums
Often time people with sensitive teeth suffer from periodontal disease that has eroded their gums. The scary thing is that this disease starts without any symptoms, and it is not until it is quite far along (when extensive damage has already occurred), that it is ‘caught.’ An alarming fact is that more than half of adults over the age of 55 have, at the minimum, a mild case of periodontal disease. So if you feel any pain, let your Plainville Connecticut Sedation Dentist know. Dr. Thomas Peltzer at Gentle Dental Care, will treat you painlessly and with compassion.
Saliva is an important part of our mouths for several reasons. Some reasons are that it is: antibacterial, acid neutralizing and full of minerals that help strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Unfortunately, studies have shown that about 25% of women in their 50s don’t produce enough saliva, which results in bad breath and other serious issues. If your tongue and lips feel dry it may be reason enough to talk to your dentist.
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