Positive Dental Health for Older Patients
Getting old does not have to mean letting go of good oral health.
As we get older, and aspects of our lives such as embarking on a new career or finding a new partner slowly slip away, it can be tempting to let go of ourselves a bit. Clothes that once we might have defined as ‘tatty’ now become ‘comfortable’, and that little bit of effort that we might once have made now feels like a chore too far. With the average life expectancy increasing all the time with modern medical advances, it is likely that most of us will spend more of our lives in what we sometimes call ‘old age’ than before, and therefore it makes sense to feel at our best for this period of our lives.
Making the effort
At Mike Allen’s Dental Practice, we sometimes see older patients who have started to neglect their teeth and are suffering from the adverse effects of this. Tooth loss and gum disease are regular occurrences when we stop taking good care of our teeth on a daily basis and unfortunately, some older patients from Burton on Trent have said that they don’t feel the need to look their best anymore as they are getting on in years. To this though, we can only say that many people actually enjoy their life more as they get older. Many pressures are off us at this age, and, with good health, we can make the very best of our time.
Some older people also find love in their old age, often after having lost their partner. Making sure that you have healthy teeth and gums are just as important for this in old age as they are when we are younger, especially if halitosis, connected with gum disease, is present.
Many of the cosmetic dental procedures that we have available at our Burton dental practice can be of benefit to older patients. Teeth can be whitened, to lose that yellow appearance that happens as we get older, and our teeth whitening kit allows you to do this in the comfort of your own home. Dentures that have started to become loose and uncomfortable, can be stabilised using dental implants, or, for those who have lost a full arch of teeth and are looking to replace them, implants can be used to support a fixed bridge which is both a convenient and comfortable method of tooth replacement.
Whether older patients from Burton wish to have cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance or not though, good overall oral health care is crucial, and neglecting this is now thought to lead to increased risk with heart problems, something which becomes more likely as we age.
Don’t let your oral health deteriorate, even in your later years. Our Burton dentist is here to help you and can be contacted at Mike Allen’s Dental Practice on 01283 845345.Google+