Losing teeth is not an inevitable consequence of aging.
Older women have been identified by public health agencies as a group
highly vulnerable to poor oral health, including dental decay, gum
disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer. But it doesn't have to be this
way, treatment now concentrates on prevention of dental disease. This
means that you can
keep your teeth for life, and they no longer need to have large
At Bays Dental Clinic, we aim to help our older patients maintain and improve their oral health and keep their teeth.
Over 50's can maintain good oral hygiene by:
- Visit your dentist at recommended intervals which suit your dental
condition and age, to screen for dental disease and more serious
diseases of the mouth. Tell your dentist about any general health problems and any medication
you are taking as this may affect your dental health and treatment.
- To prevent decay of the necks of the teeth near your gums, pay strict
attention to tooth brushing (at least twice a day, especially after
meals) with a fluoride tooth paste and floss between the teeth to remove plaque.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sweet food and drink between
meals to prevent the need for dental fillings or tooth
- If you have full dentures, clean your mouth and dentures thoroughly each
day and have both checked by your dentist every few years.
- If you're experiencing tooth ache, sensitive teeth or dry mouth,
book an appointment to see your dentist, who will be able to recommend
treatment. If in pain, see your dentist immediately.
Our friendly team can provide you with an individualised
preventative treatment during a consultation, as well as providing many
effective ways to repair and replace your teeth and restore your
appearance. Book an appointment today.