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January 9th, 2020

Dental Health Problems for Seniors and How to Fix Them

Are you over the age of 60? You might start noticing some dental concerns that are common amongst seniors. What oral health problems do you need to watch out for as you age?

Yellowed Teeth

Waking up, you look in the mirror and notice your smile has begun to dull and yellow. Stains on your teeth are common as time goes on due to years of consuming tea, coffee, and other stain-causing ingredients.

Teeth also naturally become thinner and form cracks as you age. This can cause your appearance to become diminished but not to worry as there are ways a dentist can help you get back that beautiful smile. How?

Professional teeth whitening is one of the ways you can get the natural colour back onto your tooth enamel. Whitening treatment is quick, and you will notice the effects almost immediately with full effects taking place a day or two after treatment. Smile! You can show off your stain-free teeth once more as you did back in your 30s.

Puffy Gums

Have you noticed your gums have become puffy over time? This is aesthetically unappealing to you and you don’t even know what caused it. Puffy inflamed gums can be caused by your use of some types of medications. As you grow older, you could have problems with your health such as issues such as diabetes or heart disease that requires medication. While medication helps you steer clear of further health complications, it can also be a source of puffy gums. What do you do to remedy the side effects of prescription drugs?

Go to the dentist to get gum contouring, a cosmetic procedure that will remove excess gum tissue so that you have a proportionate, beautiful smile once more. Your dentist wants you to look and feel your best!

Receding Gums

An opposite effect of puffy gums is receding gums, often occurring with a lack of oral hygiene. Sometimes you get lazy and don’t want to brush your teeth but as time goes on, this bad habit becomes a dental problem. If you do not brush and floss twice a day as suggested by your dentist, then you will build up plaque and tartar which could lead to gum disease hence the recession of your gums. Wow! How can you fix the issue of receding gums?

You might need a gum graft that replaces tissue from another part of your mouth to cover the receding zone. There can be other options for receding gum treatment but you should consult with your dentist on what these are during your next appointment.

Your dentist is a key to keeping your mouth healthy no matter what age you are. It is important that you keep up a good oral hygiene routine to help yourself avoid any of these issues that could happen as you age.

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on January 9th, 2020

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