Navigating the Changes in Our Teeth as We Age

We use our teeth more than we probably realize. Eating is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and it requires a rugged set of pearly whites to cut, grind, and chew all of those delicacies. Over time, we are destined to experience wear and tear on our teeth, especially if we suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) tooth decay, or any dental injuries that create fractures and chips. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to offer you some advice on dealing with the aging of our teeth as the years march on.

Oral-Systemic Health

Oral health and overall health are studied by scientists under the umbrella term oral-systemic health. Taking good care of your teeth is linked to having a better shot at avoiding life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Alzheimer’s disease is another unfortunate illness that is generally battled by patients of a more advanced age that has been tied to periodontal (gum) disease. The formula is simple: good oral hygiene = good oral health = better chances of avoiding some of the most unpleasant diseases of aging.

How to Avoid Problems with Teeth

Sugary and starchy foods tend to be “comfort foods.” Many people who feel that age carries with it an unpleasant host of symptoms and sicknesses find that eating is one pure pleasure that they can rely on. Unfortunately, when you add in conditions like arthritis and dementia, poor diet might come at the same time as diminished oral hygiene. To avoid this, set in place a caretaker to look out for you before you get to a point where keeping track of your dental habits becomes too challenging. Set pride and vanity aside, and accept help if brushing twice a day and flossing is simply becoming too challenging for you in your twilight years. Some arthritic patients find that taping a tennis ball to the handle of their toothbrush might help their grip. For patients with memory issues, help with keeping track of daily hygiene and dental appointments is imperative.

Getting older is simply inevitable, but healthy teeth can be a certainty, as well, if the right steps are put into action. Prioritize your dental health, even as you get older, so that you won’t have to succumb to more extensive dental procedures. Rely on your loved ones to offer you help when you need it. Contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.