What you need to know
Many people think that, after a certain age, you don’t need to worry about your teeth. In fact, dental care and regular visits to the dentist are important no matter how old you are. It’s never too late to fix or replace your teeth!
The importance of dental examinations
Dental examinations are important no matter how old you are, or whether or not you have teeth. Although cavities and broken teeth may not cause pain at first, they may require more complex and costly treatment later on if ignored.
Oral cancer is apparently more frequent among the elderly – so early detection is all the more important. An ounce of prevention …
It is important to replace missing teeth, not only to improve your appearance, but also to help you chew properly and maintain your dental health.
Your dentist can advise you on the options that best suit your needs and clinical condition.
Your teeth change with age
- Your mouth is constantly changing. Its shape and structure vary not only with age, but also with stress, medications, lifestyle, diet and other factors.
- Even if you haven’t had any problems for many years, cavities can recur with age as your mouth becomes drier, fillings wear out or your health or lifestyle changes.
- Teeth become looser with age, exposing their roots. This often leads to enhanced sensitivity and greater vulnerability to cavities, since roots have no protective layer of enamel.
What to watch for
The following symptoms can indicate dental or medical problems:
- bleeding gums
- teeth that are sensitive
- red or white spots, swelling or sores in the mouth or on the lips
- dry mouth
- red and burning mouth
- loose teeth