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How Aging Affects your Teeth
As you age, the health of your teeth and gums could change too; the good news is that not everyone loses their teeth or suffers from numerous oral health issues as they approach their senior years. As long as they continue to take proper care of their teeth and see the dentist every six months, the chances of keeping all or most of their teeth increases. Two of the most common issues that occur in an aging person's mouth include teeth that break and gum disease.

Weaker Teeth

The good news is that teeth do not normally get weaker as you age. What does occur, however, is normal wear and tear that can make teeth more vulnerable. Teeth that have had work done to them, such as a root canal or filling are also more at risk for breakage. If you use these teeth to bite down on something hard, whether it is something that was intentional or an accidental, like a popcorn kernel, it can cause chips or cracks in your teeth. Keeping up with your regular dental appointments can help to locate those weaker spots and allow us to prescribe the appropriate treatment to prevent them from causing problems in the future.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most prevalent oral health issues in aging adults. When deep pockets begin to form below the line, the gum tissue and bone can become diseased, causing inflammation and even tooth loss. It is very important to continue brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, watching your diet and seeing the dentist every six months to ensure the health and wellness of your gums.

Taking good care of your teeth now and well into your senior years is the best way to ensure optimal oral health no matter how old you are!

Hold the Sodas, Save the Teeth
Sugary sodas and sweetened fruit drinks can have a devastating effect on your teeth. Many people have sodas at their desk and sip over the course of hours. Children may consume them at school and not remember to brush when they return home.

Sugary drinks replace other forms of nutrition containing vitamins and minerals needed by your body to resist infection. And lingering sugary residue in the mouth causes the bacteria in the mouth to produce acid. Acid breaks down tooth enamel and leads to cavities.

Go Electric - Toothbrush
The basics of good oral hygiene is proper brushing and flossing. The purpose of brushing and flossing is to remove plaque-causing bacteria from your teeth every day. Your toothbrush is the tool you use to remove plaque and you want the best tool for the job. Research as proven that an electric toothbrush is the best choice.

1.  Electric toothbrushes calibrate the ideal brushing time (2 min) and may have pressure sensors that prevent damage to gum tissue.
2.  Electric toothbrush bristles rotate in a circular motion (the most effective brushing technique for plaque removal)
3.  Research has proven that when used properly electric toothbrushes remove plaque more effectively.
4.  An electric toothbrush does the job for you.

The point of brushing is a clean, healthy mouth each and every time. Choose the best tool for the job and brushing will not only be easier but more effective.

Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!

Jacob O. Layer DMD, PC | www.layerdental.com | 541-734-0970
1485 East McAndrews Rd., Medford, OR 97504



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