Visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups is important for everyone, but it becomes even more critical as you age. As you get older, unexpected changes can occur in your mouth, so it’s more vital than ever to be closely monitored by your dentist. At our Elk Grove Village practice, general dentist Dr. Vishal Advani can alert you to potential problems with your oral health when you come in twice every year.
What Happens to Our Oral Health as We Age
The older we get, the more susceptible we are to gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to deterioration of the gum tissue, which can cause teeth to become loose.
In addition, the greatest rates of oral cancer happen among those who are older. Early detection is the key to getting treatment that is successful, so regular screenings are crucial.
Older adults are also more prone to have chronic illnesses that can have a negative impact on their oral health. They also might be on medications that can have an adverse effect on the health of their teeth and gums. One of the most common side effects of medication is dry mouth, which can lead to increased tooth decay.
Although our teeth are designed to last a lifetime, because people are living much longer these days, tooth replacement is a reality for many. Whatever your age, it’s important to replace missing teeth to protect the health of your remaining teeth. Today’s tooth replacement options look more natural and function better than ever before.
Call Elk Grove Smile Center for an Appointment
Be sure to stay on top of your twice-yearly dental cleanings and examinations. Your Elk Grove Village dentist Dr. Advani works with patients of all ages and looks forward to helping you maintain good oral health through the years. Call us today!