Dental Myths About Aging
There are many aging and dental care myths out there, but one thing is for sure, your teeth can last a lifetime! It
just takes knowledge and good dental habits! One advantage that baby boomers have, is they drank out of water faucets and drinking fountains that had fluoride in them. So many boomers have teeth that had a terrific start in life, so let’s consider how you can keep them by debunking some common myths about teeth and aging.
Does Tooth Pain Come with Age?
Often pain perception changes with age and a problem that would send a 40-year-old screaming to their dentist might not register with someone who’s 75. So for older patients, waiting until it really hurts could lead to tooth loss and costly reconstructive work. If you are experiencing any degree of tooth pain or sensitivity at any age, don’t wait!
Do You Stop Getting Cavities?
Even with better oral education and better access to dental care, it’s important to remember cavities are not just a childhood problem. Everyone, no matter their age, should brush twice a day and floss at least once to prevent cavities. Since the gums do tend to recede as we age, exposing softer parts of the tooth called dentin, good oral hygiene becomes especially important to prevent deep cavities.
Do Teeth Soften with Age?
Absolutely not! If your teeth are softening or you are experiencing bone loss, this is because of periodontal disease and
tooth decay, not natural processes from aging. Regular dental care and a good diet helps keep your mouth healthy and teeth strong.
Plenty of people do not need dentures when they are older. Seniors sometimes experience dental complications from extra medications they take and other factors that come along with age, such as dry mouth, but a good dental care regimen and regular dental visits can prevent the need for expensive dental restorations and repairs, like dentures or dental implants.