Wichita Dentist – Gentle Dental Reminders for Aging Adults in Wichita, KS
1. Brushing is not optional.
You can get cavities at any age, but you are especially susceptible as you get older. Bacteria can worm its way into receding gums and worn-down enamel. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss to beat back cavities and keep your teeth healthy.
2. Prevention is key.
Adults over the age of 65 are 3x more likely to need a root canal due to severe tooth damage. Why? As you age, the nerves in your teeth may shrink which makes them less sensitive to pain. Fortunately, prevention is just a phone call away. Regular visits to your dentist can catch small problems before they become big issues and may prevent procedures like root canals.
3. Watch out for the daily ‘grind.’
Teeth grinding can make your teeth look older than they are. Stress and anxiety can cause grinding – even while you sleep! Talk to your Wichita Family Dental dentist about how to prevent teeth grinding and keep your teeth looking youthful.
4. Dentures are NOT the only option.
While our first president had dentures, dentistry has come a long way since George Washington. Now there are a slew of restorative options to help you preserve your natural teeth as you age. Call our office to discuss dentures and denture alternatives.
5. Be aware of changes in your mouth.
Aging adults are at a higher risk of gum disease and oral cancer. In addition, oral health issues can be indicative of other chronic health conditions, so regular visits to the dentist are essential for older patients. Keep your dental appointments and call us immediately if you notice anything unusual.
If you have urgent dental needs, please call us. We are still treating dental emergencies and taking the highest possible precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and community.
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