We emphasize good oral care at any early age to help you protect your teeth for life, but the proper care doesn’t stop when you get older. As you age, your teeth do too. However, Dr. Locke can address your problems to help hide your common aging difficulties.
Busy schedules may shift your focus away from your everyday hygiene routine. When we say you need to brush and floss daily, that means literally, every single day of your life. As you get older, you may also develop arthritis and limited mobility that makes it difficult to clean your mouth. Electric toothbrushes, floss holders, and other dental tools can make hygiene easier.
Your teeth soak in what you eat, so after a lifetime of consuming dark-colored foods and beverages, your teeth may become discolored. Fortunately, Dr. Locke can whiten your smile with in-office or at-home whitening treatments. Additionally, acids can wear away the outer layer of enamel on your teeth. As you age, your teeth may weaken, resulting in chips, fractures, and increased sensitivity. Dr. Locke can cover your imperfections with bonding, crowns, or veneers.
Many elderly people have receding gums. When your gums grow away from your teeth, your roots are exposed to bacteria, decay, and infection. Furthermore, plaque builds up over time and forms along your gum line. If not treated, gum disease causes your gums to become red, swollen, and bleeding. Periodontal disease is also the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Dr. Locke can look for signs of developing gum health issues and treat the problems immediately.
As periodontal disease worsens with older age, it can deteriorate the bones that support your teeth, resulting in tooth loss. Ask Dr. Locke if you would benefit from dental implants to help restore your smile.
Medications and illnesses often related to the elderly can decrease your saliva flow, resulting in dry mouth, bad breath, and dental problems. Also, weakened tissues can increase your sensitivity and mouth irritation. If you develop body aches and pains as you age, tell Dr. Locke how you’re feeling so we can make comfortable arrangements for you in the dental chair.
If your smile shows the signs of aging, visit Dr. Locke to keep it looking young, fresh, and healthy. Contact our dentist office in Waco, Texas, at (254) 776-4888 to schedule an appointment.