Is It Normal to Lose Teeth As We Age?

As you age, you’ll likely notice some changes in your mouth. In this post we’ll help you understand what’s normal, and what you can do to make sure your mouth stays healthy as you get older.

four seniors concerned about tooth loss as they age

What Causes Tooth Loss?

Although it is more common to lose teeth when we’re older, it isn’t necessarily something that has to happen. With good oral care, you should be able to keep all or most of your natural teeth well into old age. When we see tooth loss in seniors, it usually stems from poor oral care, poor diet, or a combination of both factors.

Preventing Tooth Loss

Unfortunately, some people tend to want to abandon their oral care habits as they get older. This is a no-no if you want to keep your teeth. Maintain a vigilant oral care routine, brushing twice daily and flossing once every day. Eat healthy and see your dentist regularly. Dental visits are really key to maintaining oral health as we age, as the dentist can pinpoint and address early signs of decay, let you know how your medications may be affecting your oral health, and help you treat common issues such as dry mouth.

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth loss happens, and when it does there are plenty of comfortable options to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Implants are a favored solution to single missing teeth, especially because they look and feel just like the real thing. Partial dentures or bridges are a fantastic solution to a group of missing teeth, and dentures can be used to replace a full set. If you have experienced tooth loss, your dentist will walk you through the options that are best suited to you and your budget.

Oral Care for All Ages at Mint Dental Care

As we said, seeing your dentist is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age. If you have lapsed in your visits, it’s time to give us a call! We look forward to seeing you at our office soon.

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How Long Do Dentures Last?

Not only do missing teeth impact your smile, they can also affect your ability to talk and chew. At Mint Dental, we use both dentures and dental implants to treat missing teeth. When you’re deciding which treatment is right for you, you should consider your goals, your oral health history, and the convenience you want from your treatment.

types of dentures full and partial

If you thought dentures were just for older folks, think again. Dentures are an affordable treatment for missing teeth that are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. To help you decide whether dentures are right for you, we’ve put together the following information about dentures.

Dentures Adapt to Your Needs

Dr. McCord does not use a one-size-fits-all approach to dentures. Depending on the amount of teeth you are missing, we may decide to use full or partial dentures. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, while partial dentures may replace just a few missing teeth. Both full and partial dentures have a gum-colored base that fits over your gums and holds your dentures in place.

Caring for Your Dentures

Modern dental technology has made dentures more comfortable and durable than ever. However, they can get stained and suffer damage as a result of wear and tear, just like your natural teeth. In fact, dentures can last up to fifteen years with proper care! To ensure your dentures last, you’ll need to brush them after you eat, take them out overnight so they can deep clean, and bring them along during your regular office visits for cleanings and exams.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I’m Wearing Dentures?

When we create dentures for our patients, we carefully match the shade of false teeth to match your natural teeth. We also match the acrylic base of dentures to the shade of your gums. This helps dentures blend in with your natural smile! To ask our team any questions about dentures or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today!

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