Should Older Patients Just ‘Accept’ Poor, Unstable Teeth?

Should Older Patients Just ‘Accept’ Poor, Unstable Teeth?

Our Chelmsford dentists look at why oral health care in the elderly is particularly important.

With regular care and monitoring by a dentist, there is no real reason why we should not expect our teeth to be healthy and nice looking when we are younger.

As we grow older though, our teeth face an increasing number of challenges, especially if we accelerate this with poor habits such as smoking.

Later in life, we may feel that our teeth are less important, and especially the way that they look. Whilst once, it may have been true that dentistry could only do so much for poor teeth in older people, modern dental care now means that you can expect to have healthy teeth well into your old age.

Keep your dental appointments

To make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy well into your later years, it is essential that you see one of our Chelmsford dentists regularly. Any minor problems, such as small areas of tooth decay, can be treated, helping you to retain your natural teeth for much longer. Hygienist visits should also be added to your schedule, especially if you don’t see one already. Gum disease is more common in older patients and a professional, regular clean will help to keep this in check.

Restorations

As mentioned previously, restorations such as dental fillings, including tooth coloured fillings, are usually applied as problems are detected. If you haven’t seen a dentist for some time, these ‘simpler’ treatments may still be appropriate, but if any damage or decay has become advanced, alternative treatments, such as porcelain crowns, may be used instead.

Where teeth have been lost, there are a number of options available to replace them. Dentures are still popular but do lack the stability of dental implants. Implants are excellent and help older patients to eat any food that they wish, which is particularly important to help maintain adequate nutrition.

Although more aesthetic than practical, older patients also tend to have discoloured teeth which often originates solely from the process of growing older. The internal part of the tooth darkens with age and can leave the teeth looking quite dull which, in turn, can make you appear older than you are. A number of Blue Sky Dental patients have taken advantage of the teeth whitening procedure that we offer, to have their teeth lightened with a simple, non-invasive treatment that takes just one hour.

In this day and age, there is no reason for older people to accept poor quality or uncomfortable teeth and gums. At Blue Sky Dental, we provide high quality care for patients of all ages, whether young or old. If you feel that your teeth are not as good as you would like them to be, why not arrange a consultation with one of our Chelmsford dental team to see how we can help you?

Please contact our local practice today on 01245 211070.

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