How does aging impact my dental health?

Oral HealthAs we age, many changes happen to our body. We may notice age spots on the skin and skin laxity that contributes to the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. But did you know that aging can also impact your smile? Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and the team at DeStefano Dentistry in Pittsford, NY encourages patients to consider the ways in which aging can impact one’s oral health and wellness.

What problems to one’s oral health may occur over time with aging?

  • Erosion/abrasion. Wear and tear can happen to anything that is used on a regular basis. Some patients notice over time that they develop tooth erosion, especially if they deal with conditions such as TMD or bruxism that can cause clenching and grinding of the teeth.
  • ncreased gum recession. It is natural for the soft tissues of the mouth to change over time, including the gum tissue. As patients age, they may notice that their gum tissue recedes even without the presence of periodontal disease. This can result in more food particles becoming stuck in the teeth and increased sensitivity.
  • Dry mouth. The saliva is the body’s way of naturally cleansing the mouth. Patients who experience reduced salivary flow or even dry mouth from certain medical conditions may notice an increased risk in the development of periodontal disease, tooth decay, and erosion.
  • Arthritis. While arthritis impacts the joints of the body, it can also impact one’s dental health because it can make flossing more difficult with ailing hands. Patients who are experiencing moderate to severe arthritis in their hands can ask their dentist about other ways to maintain a healthy smile, including the use of floss holders or interdental picks. This will allow patients to effectively clean between the teeth and avoid the pitfalls of periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Stop by DeStefano Dentistry today!

Pittsford, NY area patients who are faced with the signs of aging are welcome to work with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team to learn more about the ways they can combat these changes and their impact to the smile. Call (585) 248-2383 to request an appointment at 600 Kreag Road.

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