Increased Tooth Loss for Senior Citizens

Tooth loss is more common among the elderly.

The Farber Center for Periodontics knows the difficulty associated with aging and the effect it can have on tooth loss. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that 27.27% of seniors over the age of 65 have no remaining teeth. Out of the remaining 72.72% of seniors over the age of 65 who still have teeth, the Institute statistics show they retain an average of 18.90 out of 32 teeth.  The causes of tooth loss vary greatly:

Causes for Tooth Loss

  • Gum Disease
  • Oral health concerns developing undetected
  • Wear and tear of dental work (e.g. fillings, crowns, etc)
  • A Poor Diet

The main reason for tooth loss is neglected teeth, usually due to poor oral hygiene. That is why it is so important to maintain an oral health care routine and cleaning plan to avoid loss of teeth, especially if you are over the age of 65. Seniors need to take certain steps in their oral health routine to avoid losing teeth.

Methods to Avoid Tooth Loss:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Eat healthier food
  • Visit Your Doctor Regularly
  • See your dentist every 6 months

Listen to your body so you can identify and treat any oral health issues early.

Aging does come with unfortunate side-effects that can make previously easy tasks much more complicated. If you are suffering from arthritis, brushing can become difficult. If you suffer from arthritis read our blog post on the advantages of an electric toothbrush here: Arthritis and the Electric Toothbrush. Healthy eating can also become difficult as many of the foods beneficial to your health are crunchy or difficult to chew while missing teeth.

Luckily, there are procedures available to you that can help you replace your teeth. The Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants is able to replace lost teeth with natural looking implants that will preserve your facial contour. Our office is also able to provide a new treatment concept called All-On-4® that can maximize the available bone while avoiding the sinus cavity, allowing for new functioning teeth the same day as the implant procedure. To see what Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants can do to fix your smile, give us a call today at (631) 265-4442 for our Hauppauge office or 631-758-3700 for our Medford Office!

 

Tooth Sensitivity: What You Can Do

Sensitive teeth are a problem your dentist can help.

Tooth Sensitivity: What Can I Do?

Picture it: You’re sitting poolside on a beautiful 80-degree July day. You’ve made a batch of smoothies for you and the kids as an afternoon snack. Settled in your lounge chair you take a sip and boom – that zinging sensation overwhelms your mouth.  Bam – tooth sensitivity.

This experience describes tooth sensitivity, which can be triggered by sweet, cold or hot food and beverages. Not only can this condition get in the way of enjoying your summer to the fullest, but it can also predict an even greater concern – gum disease.

Both gingivitis and the more advanced condition periodontitis can result in tooth sensitivity. Additional symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gum tissue
  • Swollen and/or inflamed gums
  • Loose feeling teeth or gum tissue that appears to be separating from teeth
  • Chronic bad breath

It is vital to begin treating gum disease early so symptoms can be managed and reduced. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity you should stay on top of your regular cleanings, maintain a strict and efficient brushing and flossing regimen and consider visiting a periodontist to further evaluate your case.

Additionally, here are some tips for reducing tooth sensitivity:

  • Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth – While using a specialized toothpaste will not guarantee results, it is a good place to start for minor tooth sensitivity. Experts say it is important to use it regularly to see results. We recommend Oral-B/Crest products for the best results.
  • Avoid acidic food and drinks – Drinks like red wine, soda, fruit juices and foods like oranges and pickles put your enamel under attack. Enamel loss is irreversible so it is important to limit these acidic foods and beverages. Ask your Farber Center dental hygienist about a varnish to further protect your teeth from enamel loss.
  • Defend yourself against grinding – Grinding your teeth wears away enamel and can lead to a sensitivity problem. People often grind their teeth without realizing it, especially in their sleep, so wearing a mouthguard at night can help.
  • Treat your receding gums – Gum recession is one of the leading causes of tooth sensitivity. Luckily Farber Center offers a variety of services that rebuild or restore receding gums.

There is no definite explanation for sensitive teeth, but proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive tooth pain.