SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – As we age, we deal with certain physical changes. Our skin may start to wrinkle, our eyesight may worsen and our joints may show signs of arthritis. You may also start to notice changes in your teeth and gums.
Larson Dentistry in San Francisco where provides teeth whitening and dental implants welcomes patients of all ages, and our expert team works closely with you to make sure live the rest of your life with a gorgeous, healthy smile. Getting older also has certain implications on our oral health, which is why regular dental visits are as important as ever.
Prevent and Restore Tooth Loss
Have you lost one or more teeth because of illness, tooth decay, gum disease or accidents? You’re not the only one. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that a quarter of American adults 65 and older have lost all of their permanent teeth. To best prevent tooth loss, you should brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also visit the dentist often. The American Dental Association recommends you visit the dentist once every six months, though you may need to visit more frequently if there are present oral health risks.
You don’t have to live a life without teeth. San Francisco sedation dentist Greg D. Larson, DDS, offers full mouth rejuvenation with dental implants. This smile makeover will help you in several ways. First, the dental implants will help support your facial tissues, which will fill out your facial features and reduce sagging. In short, it will make you look younger! Second, the full mouth rejuvenation will last forever, while dentures are only a temporary fix for your tooth loss. And last, you’ll be able to chew delicious foods and speak normally with your restored teeth. You’ll look great and feel confident with a fully restored smile.
Watch Out for Dry Mouth
Dry mouth isn’t a byproduct of aging, but it is a side effect of many medications. Tell your dentist about your prescriptions at every dental visit. If you take medicine for allergy relief, pain relief, anxiety, asthma, Parkinson’s disease or depression, you could experience dry mouth as a side effect. Your saliva is important in cleaning and reducing bacteria in your mouth. If you experience dry mouth, there are several steps you can take to encourage your saliva to flow.
First, try to drink lots of water. Second, chew sugarless gum to help boost saliva production. Your dentist may also have some favorite methods to protect your teeth from dry mouth symptoms, such as recommending an oral moisturizer or using a humidifier to increase the moisture in your environment. Remember to discuss any medications you’re taking so your dentist has a complete picture of your health and is aware of any possible side effects.
A balanced diet is also important to your tooth and gum health. A healthy diet can help you thwart tooth loss and decay. Processed sugar is bad for your teeth and your whole body. Our bodies can break down real, whole foods much easier. That means eating foods that grown naturally is better for your oral health than eating heavily processed foods that you buy in boxes. Focus on a diet high in vegetables and fruits and low in any added sugar. Sugar and carbohydrates encourage oral bacteria production and raise your risk of developing cavities and decay.
Your teeth are essentially bones, and we’re sure you know calcium is associated with bone health. It’s important to get enough calcium in your diet as well as enough minerals that help you best absorb calcium. Low-fat dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and milk will help you up your calcium intake. Leafy green veggies like kale, broccoli, Swiss chard and spinach are also good calcium sources. Vitamin D and phosphorous help you process and distribute calcium throughout your body. Many dairy products are fortified with these vitamins and minerals, but you can also find vitamin D naturally in fish, eggs and mushrooms, and you can receive phosphorous from flaxseeds, pine nuts, cheese, soy beans and many types of seeds.
Your mouth is a gateway to your entire body, and a healthy mouth is often a sign of a healthy body. A strong, healthy mouth is attainable at any age, and our dentistry in San Francisco helps you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to discuss your specific oral health needs.
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