Age and Oral Health
Oral Changes with Age
Welcome to our plantation dental office! Is tooth loss inevitable in your later years? How much should adults be concerned about cavities? Here you will find helpful answers to some frequently asked questions about oral health questions you may have as you get older.
National survey reveals baby boomers miss links between oral and overall health
Baby boomers looking for the warning signs of adult-onset diseases may be overlooking key symptoms in their mouth that should signal alarms about their overall health. According to a survey commissioned by the Academy of General Dentistry, 63 percent of baby boomers (ages 45-64) with an oral symptom considered to be a key indicator of a more serious health condition, were unaware of the symptom`s link to the condition. Boomers` failure to recognize that oral health holds valuable clues could negatively impact their overall health.
Oral health and Teeth
Teeth cavity is the most common worldwide disease. About 75% of cavities takes place inside fissures in teeth where brushing does not reach food left trapped after eating a meal. Saliva and fluoride have no access to remineralize the acidic teeth.
Dentists recommend that teeth be cleaned by dental hygienists at least twice per year. Professional cleaning includes tooth polishing and tartar removal followed by a fluoride treatment. Between cleanings by aa dental hygienist, good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tartar build-up which causes the problems mentioned above. This is done through careful, frequent brushing with a manual toothbrush and dental floss. Powered toothbrushes help reduce plaque build-up and gingivitis better than manual toothbrushing
A patient needs to be aware of the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth every day for two minutes. Plaque on teeth is a sticky bacteria biofilm that attaches to the tooth surfaces and can be visible around the gum line. A high-sugar diet encourages the formation of dental plaque. Sugar (fermentable carbohydrates), is converted into acid by the plaque. The acid then causes the breakdown of the adjacent tooth, eventually leading to tooth cavity.
Oral health and Toothbrushing
Tooth brushing is the principal method of preventing many oral diseases, and perhaps the most important activity an individual can practice to reduce buildup on teeth. Controlling plaque reduces the risk of the individual suffering from plaque-associated diseases such as gum disease and caries. The average brushing time for individuals should be two minutes. We recommend that tooth brushing should be done for a minimum of two minutes twice a day.
Toothbrushing can only clean to a depth of about 1.5 mm inside the gums pockets. The fluoride in the toothpaste is an important protective factor against caries