We recommend that the over-50 crowd schedule a dental check-up at least once a year. Too many adults feel that they do a good job of brushing and flossing at home and so do not visit the dentist regularly. This is a mistake, and the older a person gets, the more that mistake can lead to untreated oral health problems and even tooth loss. In fact, older adults who visit the dentist regularly are less likely to need a full set of dentures when compared to their peers who do not prioritize oral health care.
Why is a dental check-up important for older adults?
Really, a dental check-up is important for people of any age, but there are certain physical changes that occur the older person gets. For example, older adults are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. Some people who live their whole life without diabetes find that around the age of 70, for example, they are diagnosed with this health condition and have to make changes accordingly. Since diabetics are at an increased risk for all types of health problems, including oral ones, it is important to have teeth cleaned and examined regularly.
The same type of plaque that forms on the teeth and gums is the plaque found in patients with heart disease. There is research being conducted to reach a conclusion in regards to how these things are linked, but it certainly makes it wise for older adults who are already at a greater risk for heart disease to schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups.
In addition to older adults having an increased risk of all types of diseases, regular dental cleanings are important for:
- Diagnosing and treating cavities
- Diagnosing and treating gum disease before it can lead to tooth loss
- Maintaining a bright and beautiful smile
Dry mouth is another common condition for older adults
Dry mouth is another condition that many older adults deal with. When a person has dry mouth, it can lead to horrible-smelling breath. While chewing on gum can help, it is best to visit a dentist for teeth cleanings and see if dry mouth can be treated. Not only can this help improve the breath, but it can also prevent the health problems associated with dry mouth, such as an increased risk for cavities.
Visiting the dentist is a great way to stay youthful looking
Though most people visit us for a dental check-up for health reasons, these appointments can also be used for benefiting a person's appearance. Since the smile is the first thing people notice, it is important to make sure it is bright, white and beautiful. It also needs to be healthy and complete.
During the check-up, we want to know if the patient has concerns about things like:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Missing teeth
- Damaged teeth
We offer solutions that can be used to address all these concerns and would be happy to discuss them in detail. For example, we can replace missing teeth with a fixed dental implant and can remove stains with a professional teeth whitening process. As a dental professional, we can make a recommendation that we feel is going to provide the best possible results for our patients.
Visit the dentist today
If you are over 50 and have been neglecting visiting the dentist, call our office to schedule a dental check-up. We will be happy to examine you, provide necessary treatments and help you improve your oral health.
Call (724) 213-9470 today to reach Associates In Dentistry: Gregory A. Nairn, DMD.
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