Aging Gracefully – Keeping Your Teeth For Life

Surprisingly it’s not getting old that leads to tooth loss, but the effects of unmanaged gum disease.  Gum disease can occur in patients of all ages, but as we age gum disease can impact our oral health greatly, so stopping this destructive disease in its tracks is an important step in maintaining optimum dental health.

SW Calgary Dentist, Dr. Andy Hoe, welcomes patients of all ages to his Shawnessy Dental Office – and seniors dental health is something that Dr. Hoe and his staff take seriously, providing tips and solutions for keeping teeth and gums healthy.  Aging presents challenges to our health which often results in taking medications that impact the ph balance of the mouth.  This change in the ph balance can cause a mild case of gum inflammation to progress to gum disease due to the resulting abundance of ‘bad bacteria’ in the mouth compared to good and the drying of oral tissues which often occurs with certain medication.

Keeping your teeth for life means investing time in taking care of them.  Daily brushing and flossing is always the foundation to developing and maintaining good oral health, as the removal of plaque ensures that bacteria that lives in this sticky deposit, and feeds off food remnants, are not allowed to buildup and cause gum and bone inflammation. Along with daily brushing and flossing - eating a balanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, has a positive impact on the health of teeth and gums.  Foods high in Vitamin C, Zinc, and Calcium help strengthen and protect tooth and gum tissues – helping the body fight inflammation and dental decay.

It won’t come as a surprise to read that quitting smoking in later life can still add years to your life.  Smoking has a negative impact on every tissue in the body – and tissues of the mouth are no exception.  Smokers are at greater risk of developing periodontal disease and oral cancers and are twice as likely to require root canal therapy compared to non-smokers.  But the good news is that dental health increases from the moment you quit smoking – with more oxygen and no more drying effects from tobacco oral tissues have an opportunity to heal and strengthen.  Don’t be afraid to ask your Calgary Dentist for tips on quitting smoking – you’ll definitely be supported in your effort to quit.

Seeing your SW Calgary Dentist on a regular basis is an important step in preventing gum disease and tooth loss.  Regular professional cleanings mean that gums, bone and teeth are being monitored and evaluated for any changes to health – and medication side-effects that may be negatively impacting tissue health can be addressed during a routine appointment.

Dr. Andy Hoe of Bite Dental welcomes new patients to his practice and encourages patients to contact the office for more information or to schedule an appointment – 403.201.2483

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