There are often times in your life when you convince yourself that something is happening simply because you’re getting older. In many cases, this is actually true! However, when it comes to the health of your smile, assuming things just begin falling apart and stop working quite as well just because you’re aging is not accurate. In fact, many patients just figure that once they get older, they may as well give up on dental care because their smiles aren’t going to hold up anyway. Actually, our Livonia, MI team reminds you that your smile can remain safe, healthy, and beautiful throughout your entire life. So, what are some things you may be assuming incorrectly are just a natural part of the aging process? Let’s cover them, so we can help you stay the course.
#1: Tooth Loss
You may have always considered tooth loss to be a normal part of getting older. However, it isn’t something that’s unavoidable or that just happens to come with aging. Instead, it is strictly related to how well you care for your smile. If you want to keep your teeth where they are, you need to remember that all aspects of care, from protecting your smile from trauma to prevention (brushing, flossing, visits) to restorative care if you need it (fillings, crowns, etc.) are extremely important. When you neglect care and allow teeth and gums to become diseased is when you run into problems and end up losing teeth.
#2: Dry Mouth
You might think that when you get older, it’s normal to end up with dry mouth. This isn’t necessarily the case. It’s very important to come in and talk with us during a dental checkup if you’re experiencing problems with the moisture levels in your mouth. Generally speaking, things like medication or congestion are often to blame for this issue and are easily resolved, once we help you figure out what’s going on with your oral health and dental care.
#3: Gum Disease
Again, ending up with gum problems, inflammation, and recession is not something that simply comes with age. When you’re on top of your dental care at home and with our team, there’s nothing you need to worry about. It’s when you allow bacteria to take over (or when you practice overly aggressive care) that a problem begins.
Protect Your Smile Throughout A Lifetime With Our Care
Come in every six months to maintain a smile that’s healthy all the days and years of your life! James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.