Archive for March, 2013

Concerns Over 60

Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging.  However, it is a side effect in more than five hundred medications.  This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking.  Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms.  Here are some common recommendations:

***Use over the counter oral moisturizers, such as a spray or mouthwash.

***Drink more water.  Carry a water bottle with you, and don’t wait until you are thirty to drink.

***Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices.

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Healthy Habits Over 60

Even though it may have been years since you’ve had a cavity, your risk of cavities increases with age.  One of the reasons is dry mouth, a common side effect of many prescription medications.  Here are some helpful tips for maintaining good oral health later in life;

***Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.  ***Clean between teeth daily with floss.

***Make sure to take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every 24 hours to keep the lining of your mouth healthy.

***Make sure to visit your Dentist regularly.  As you age, the nerves inside your teeth become smaller and less sensitive.  By the time you feel pain, it may be too late and you may lose your tooth.


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AACD Tips On How To Reverse Effects Of Aging On Your Smile

Many people start to see their smile deteriorate during their 30s and 40s due to lifestyle and health habits.  The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shares the following tips on how to reverse the effects of aging on your smile.

***Tooth Contouring or Reshaping- This procedure can correct minor imperfections by simply polishing the worn edges and sharp angles of the teeth.

***Replacing Silver Fillings- The silver mercury amalgam, which has been used for decades, expands and contracts.  This could lead to tiny cracks in teeth that can be a real concern over time.

***Whitening Teeth- Teeth become discolored over time from drinking, smoking, and neglect.  Don’t overdue it when whitening your teeth.


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