Even with routine dental exams and dental cleanings, your dental care needs can change as you age. Masterpiece Smiles has been there every step of the way with our patients since 1973. Our experienced Tulsa, OK dentists can help guide you in making the right choices for the longevity of your teeth.
Dental Care Basics At Any Age
Some things never change. The same dental care basics you’ve been following since childhood are still worthwhile after 60. Regardless of whether or not you have your natural teeth, dental veneers, dental implants, or dental bridges, you’ll want to continue:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day. Twice a day brushing not only maintains the health and appearance of your teeth, it keeps your gums healthy and keeps your replacement teeth in good condition.
- Flossing at least once a day. Flossing is one of the best things you can do for the health of your gums. Flossing also helps fight against between-the-teeth cavities. And even our lovely e.max veneers look better when there’s no food stuck in your teeth!
- Routine dental exams and dental cleanings. Routine dental exams are important at any age, but particularly as you get older you want to be aware of any oral health issues as soon as possible because they have the possibility of leading to even more serious issues increased risks of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Routine cleanings help us keep your teeth fresh and your dental fixtures in tip-top shape.
Hormones & Medication Can Affect Your Dental Health
Advancing in age can often mean a growing list of daily pills and vitamins to take. One thing you may not be aware of are all the ways medication and changes in hormones can tamper with your dental health. These years are for spending time with friends and family and indulging in your favorite hobbies – not spending your time frustrated with your mouth. Masterpiece Smiles is frequently able to help our patients find solutions.
Dry mouth can be caused by changes in hormone levels like menopause or be a side effect of certain medications. Dry mouth is more than just an inconvenience. Saliva does a lot of work to maintain the health of your mouth by washing bits of food and fighting the acids that can cause tooth decay. Dry mouth left untreated can result in an increase in cavities. Masterpiece Smiles can alleviate your dry mouth with a fluoride rinse. Fluoride is also known to help strengthen your teeth.
Dry mouth is often followed by halitosis, or what’s known as chronic bad breath. Or your halitosis could be caused by gum disease. We can test your saliva with MyPerioPath to figure out the cause and find you the appropriate treatment.
Another common issue caused by medication is the discoloration of your teeth. Masterpiece Smiles offers both laser teeth whitening treatment (TouchWhite™) and professional strength whitening trays for use in our office or in bed while you snooze (Zoom!).
If discoloration caused by medication does not respond to our professional teeth whitening treatment, there are still ways for us to give you the vibrant smile you want. Dental veneers are applied to your natural teeth to hide all imperfections, including discoloration. For our patients, we exclusively use e.max prepless veneers that don’t require any modifications to the enamel of your natural teeth.
You’re Not Alone In Tooth Loss
More than a quarter of Americans over the age of 65 are missing all of their natural teeth. So, if you’re missing a tooth or an entire arc of teeth, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. You deserve a second chance at a beautiful smile and Masterpiece Dental is here to help you get it. We have several options for replacing one or all of your missing teeth:
You want to come see us as soon as possible after losing a tooth, even before the tooth is lost, if possible. The sooner we can treat the less likely you are to suffer any of the secondary effects to follow losing a tooth like poor diet, bone loss, infection, and low self-esteem.
Don’t Allow Gum Disease To Flourish During Your Retirement Years
Gum disease is a persistent threat to your dental health. In your later years, gum disease that presented itself with no symptoms, can go full blown and cause you great discomfort. Your gums might experience:
Left untreated, gum disease leads to loss of gum tissue, bone density, and teeth. With regular dental exams, we can catch your gum disease early enough to treat it with non-surgical procedures like LANAP and root planing and scaling and, only at our Tulsa, OK dental office, the Perio Protect Method of applying antibiotics to your gums.
When you envision the next 10 years of your life what do you see? If you see yourself with a beautiful smile, then you need to make an appointment with us or your future could hold a very different reality that doesn’t involve smiling for photos or eating your favorite foods. Call us today for an appointment at 918-925-9687 or use our online form.