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Understanding how aging affects oral health

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At Claude Monet Dental Clinic, we want to provide an in-depth perspective on the effects of aging on oral health and the different ways to maintain a healthy, radiant smile. 

How does aging affect the mouth and teeth? 

As we age, many changes occur in our mouths that directly affect our dental health and appearance. 

Taste changes 

Aging can lead to a decreased sense of taste. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including infections of the mouth, nose, or sinuses, gum disease, or the use of certain medications. This change in taste can lead older people to change their diet, sometimes in harmful ways, such as adding too much salt or eating foods that are too hot, which can damage the gums. 

Deterioration of tooth enamel 

Enamel naturally wears away with age, making teeth more susceptible to decay and damage. This wear can also affect chewing ability and, in the case of tooth loss, lead to the melting of the jawbone. Tooth loss affects not only the aesthetics of the smile, but also the ability to eat properly and absorb essential nutrients. 

Dry mouth and receding gums 

Reduced saliva production is common in the elderly and can be exacerbated by certain medications. This dry mouth, or xerostomia, can lead to thinning and receding gums, increasing the risk of tooth decay and other dental problems. In addition, dry mouth can make the lining of the esophagus more sensitive, which can affect digestion and overall comfort. 

How to maintain a healthy smile at any age? 

At Claude Monet Dental Clinic, we recommend that patients of all ages visit the dentist once a year for a complete examination of the teeth, gums and bones. In addition, we offer a range of solutions to counteract the effects of aging on your smile.  

Treatment Options  

We offer several options to improve the aesthetics of your smile. These include teeth whitening, the use of composites, and the placement of ceramic restorations such as veneers or crowns. These treatments can correct tooth color, size, and shape, as well as close gaps between teeth and adjust their length. If you’re missing a tooth, we can also provide replacement solutions, such as dental implants, to help you enjoy eating and smiling again. 

Preventing and Treating Age-Related Oral Diseases 

Maintaining good oral health is critical to preventing age-related diseases. 

Gum disease: prevention and treatment  

Periodontal disease, a condition that destroys the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is often the result of poor oral hygiene, smoking, or certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential to prevent the progression of this disease and to preserve your natural teeth. 

Side effects of oral health medications 

Some medications prescribed for age-related conditions can affect oral health. For example, medications for high blood pressure or depression can affect saliva production, leading to dry mouth. Regular evaluation by your dentist and treatment adjustments can help minimize these effects. 

Your oral health is our priority. At Claude Monet Dental Clinic, we are committed to providing you with the best care and advice to preserve your smile for a lifetime.