As an adult, you may be a caregiver for your child, grandchild, parent or grandparent. That means of course taking care of their medical and dental needs. But it’s equally important that you take care of your own dental health. Your dental needs change as you get older and there are certain things of which you should be aware.
Some things never change. You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once a day. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that does not include too many sweet or starchy foods, which can promote tooth decay. And of course, see Dr. Vahid Bashi at Best Care Dental in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for regular checkups and cleanings.
However, adults are at a greater risk from some oral health problems than children or teenagers, and you need to factor that into your dental routine. For example, people over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum disease than they do to tooth decay. Stay on top of your brushing, flossing and dental appointment to avoid gum diseases. Men over 40 are at risk for oral cancer brought on by alcohol and tobacco use. Dental fillings will break down over time, and teeth-grinding, or bruxism can lead to problems in adulthood. As people age, their gums begin to recede, which can lead to other dental issues.
Women experience changes in their oral health over their lives as their hormones change, Events such as pregnancy, menopause and the onset of osteoporosis all all have dental health implications.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your teeth or jaw, or it is time for your cleaning and exam, contact our office at 719-627-5916. We look forward to seeing you soon.