Dental Health in Your 50s: What to Expect

In your fifties, routine dental care remains more important and timely since poor hygiene can lead to other bodily ailments. First, we can figure out if you are one of the 67 million people with periodontal disease, which effects the critical gum tissues and bones supporting the teeth. Left unchecked, this chronic inflammatory disease often leads to tooth loss and considerable pain, and research shows that the risk for Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cardiovascular disease also goes up. You may also need dental implants or dentures at this time.

Common dental issues

With aging comes changes to the tooth surfaces, which become worn down. The roots may be more exposed, too. When your teeth become softer, that means the chance for plaque and infection also grows.

We often see shifting teeth in patients, which happens over time—this crowding can hurt your dental tissues, too. 

Oral cancer

Early detection and treatment is possible with oral cancer, which is commonly diagnosed in older populations. Smokers and longtime consumers of alcohol are especially susceptible.

Medicine and dry mouth

Bring a full list of your supplements and medications, and be sure to let us know if you have any new illnesses or health conditions.

Many medications increase dryness in the mouth, which can lead to surprise cavities or increased plaque levels. Changing your toothpaste, drinking more water and eating fewer sugary foods (and drinks) can all remedy dry mouth.

Check up

Your dental checkup includes a cleaning and x-rays, which helps the dental staff determine if you have problems such as periodontal disease, sensitive gums, cavities, decay in the gums or teeth, as well as built up plaque in the form of gingivitis. We can also show you the ins and outs of proper flossing and brushing, to keep your smile looking good.

Dr. Amores can help you come up with a plan to keep your smile at its best.


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