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Phone: 989-773-3560

900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


 

dental careWith other health issues occasionally coming to the forefront, it can be easy to overlook your teeth as you get into your 50s, 60s, and beyond. But your teeth still need your full attention, so as not to join the one-quarter of all Americans 65 and over who are missing all of their teeth. Here are some tips from Dr. Egger for his older patients.

Don’t forget the fluoride

You may think fluoride’s just for kids in those “cavity-prone” years, but it’s important for all human teeth…forever. Older people actually have an increased risk for cavities, particularly around older fillings. Also, your enamel slowly thins as we age. So, use a fluoride toothpaste, and don’t be shy about drinking that fluoridated water. If you’ve gotten a couple cavities in the past couple of years, Dr. Egger can even give you one of those tasty fluoride treatments you may remember from your youth.

Dry mouth

Old age and dry mouth don’t go hand in hand, but some facets of aging can increase your risk for dry mouth. Taking regular medications or certain chronic conditions can increase your risk for dry mouth. And with dry mouth comes an increased risk for cavities and decay issues. If you wear dentures, dry mouth can affect the quality of their fit.

So, what can you do? Use a “moisturizing” mouthwash or dry mouth spray. Chew sugar-free gum, as it encourages saliva production. You can use an “artificial saliva” product; these products have ingredients that closely mimic your real saliva.

Mind your dentures

If you have dentures, take care of them as diligently as you would natural teeth. Clean them with a denture-specific toothpaste (regular toothpastes are too abrasive), and be sure you clean them every day. And don’t forget to use a soft toothbrush on your gums and tongue to remove any bacteria and food particles.

Finally, your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Egger are just as important in old age as in your youth. Call us at our Mt. Pleasant offices to make an appointment, 989-773-3560.