At Texas Dental Group, more of our patients than ever are keeping their teeth well into their old age, some their entire lifetime. A strong relationship with your family dentist, sometimes the same dentist you’ve seen your entire life, can help set you up with good dental habits for every decade of your life. Whether you’re looking after your own teeth, your spouse’s teeth, or the teeth of aging parents, Dr. Memmott can tell you what you should know about the additional dental care steps that come with increased age.
What Hasn’t Changed With Your Dental Hygiene Routine
The basics of dental care are important at any stage. You’ll still want to:
- See your family dentist for regular dental cleanings and exams.
- Refrain from smoking. Smoking can set poor gum and tooth health into motion and cause oral cancer and gum disease.
- Brush your teeth twice daily to prevent cavities and plaque buildup.
- Floss once a day to get at plaque and bacteria between teeth.
- Drink water with fluoride to keep your tooth enamel healthy.
What Has Changed With Your Dental Hygiene Routine
As you age, some of the things you used to do with ease require more energy and effort. Even something as basic as proper dental care can start to feel daunting. Here are some tips for staying on top of your dental health:
- Set daily reminders to prompt you to brush and floss and twice annual reminders for your dental exams and cleanings. If you have an appointment with your family dentist coming up, be sure to mark it a few different places, such as in your phone and on a note on the fridge. The friendly team at Texas Dental Group will also call with a helpful reminder.
- If your toothbrush has become hard to hold due to muscle loss or loss of dexterity, you can get one with a larger handle or make the switch to an electric toothbrush that will do most of the work for you. There are tools to make flossing easier, too.
- You may now be taking medications that make your mouth dry. You can keep your mouth moist by upping your water intake, chewing sugar-free gum, and discussing other solutions with Dr. Memmott.
- Even if you’ve maintained most of your adult teeth, you could still have a crown or even a bridge in your mouth now. You’ll want to care for these restorations just as you care for your natural teeth. Come in to see our emergency dentist immediately if they become loose or damaged for any reason. If you are interested in dental implants, Texas Dental Group can restore them for you, and soon, we’ll be placing them, too.
Keep Up Appearances
You’ve managed to keep your teeth all these years, but that doesn’t mean you like the way they look. There are several treatments you can get to shave a few years off your smile.
- Get the yellow out with our teeth whitening treatments.
- Finally get rid of that chipped tooth or gap that’s been bothering you for years with tooth bonding.
- Hide all the imperfections in your smile by overlaying your natural teeth with flawless-looking DURAthin veneers. Our office offers DURAthin because they don’t require shaving down your natural teeth prior to application.
- Switch out tacky, old metal fillings and crowns with tooth-colored replacements. We also use tooth-colored crowns when restoring your dental implants.
- Sometimes all your teeth need is a slight cosmetic adjustment from the dentist to get them in shape. We do courtesy tooth contouring and reshaping for our patients.
I Need New Teeth
Maybe growing up, your parents couldn’t afford to get you the high-quality dental care you receive now or just didn’t know what you know now about good dental care. Whatever the reason, you don’t deserve to live with shame for missing teeth or teeth that are giving you pain. You have options for getting the beautiful smile you’ve waited an entire lifetime for.
- Getting new teeth sometimes begins with getting the old, damaged teeth out. We can perform a dental extraction to make way for your new smile if you have teeth that can’t be saved through a root canal or crown. We can also extract teeth if you are looking to get removable dentures.
- If you’re missing several teeth in a row, a dental bridge is an arc of crowns that can replace those teeth. We use crowns made of porcelain or zirconia for that real-tooth look and feel.
- Dentures have come a long way since the phony teeth you remember grammy and grampy keeping in a jar by their bedside. Today’s dentures are close imitations of the glow and health of the teeth and gums you had in your younger years. They also fit better in your mouth. We even offer implant-supported dentures for a secure fit.
Whether your natural teeth or replacement teeth, the important part is that you have teeth. You’re not ready to relegate yourself to a corner with a blanket across your lap and endless meals of mashed potatoes and other soft foods. To maintain a life on the go as you get older, you’ll need your teeth right along with you. We welcome you to come visit us at Texas Dental Group, our family dental office, to chat about the best ways to care for your teeth after 60. Call us at 832-791-1706 to schedule an appointment.