Dentistry Once You Hit 60

Provided you have looked after your dental health your teeth should remain in great shape as you age. However, some dental conditions are more likely to occur with age, and which include the following:

Discoloured Teeth

Teeth naturally darken as you age, often because tooth enamel begins to thin, exposing more of the dentine underneath and which is naturally a darker colour. The process may be accelerated if you eat lots of highly acidic or sugary foods which can cause acid erosion.

Tooth Decay

Acid erosion and diet can also increase your risk of tooth decay, and as you get older, gum recession is more likely. Any exposed tooth roots are more prone to decay than your teeth because they lack a protective covering of enamel.

Gum Disease

Gum disease can occur at any age but is more prevalent as we get older. It can be caused or worsened by diseases including anaemia and diabetes, or by tobacco use.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, a condition called xerostomia can reduce saliva which has a protective effect on your dental health. It’s a frequent side-effect of medical treatments including chemotherapy or can be caused by medications.

Even if you do develop dental problems as you age, there are still plenty of things we can do to minimise the effects. Fluoride treatments and more frequent cleanings can help, or you might need to modify your lifestyle habits, for example quitting smoking or adjusting your diet.

The Dos and Don’ts of Dental Health

Our list of dos and don’ts to see how well you’re looking after your oral health.

Do

  • Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and especially before you go to sleep.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles look worn or splayed.
  • Use high-quality, gentle toothpaste. Some toothpaste, especially whitening toothpaste can be very abrasive and may damage your tooth enamel.
  • Visit Casey Dental every six months for your regular check-ups because it’s such an easy way to maintain a healthy smile!

Don’t

  • Brush your teeth too hard because you can damage your tooth enamel and your gums. Instead, use gentle circular motions to brush your teeth while holding your brush at a 45° angle.
  • Have hot water and lemon to start your day or suck on lemons, because the acidity in lemon juice can erode your tooth enamel.
  • Use somebody else’s toothbrush because a damp toothbrush is a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Do you really want to share bacteria with someone else?
  • Use your teeth to open packets or wrappers because this can chip or crack them.

Seven Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being

A sense of well-being doesn’t need to cost a fortune and we’ve outlined 10 easy ways to improve health and wellness.

  1. Walking

Walking is completely free, and you only need comfortable shoes. Commit to walking a few days a week at an intensity which is comfortable.

  1. Meditate

Once you know how to meditate it will help to calm your mind. Focusing on your breathing reduces negativity and can help manage anxiety and pain.

  1. Get Creative

Adult colouring books are a great way to manage stress. Alternatively grab a piece of paper and get doodling or even create something from nature.

  1. Get a Pet

Pet owners enjoy lower levels of anxiety, stress and depression. If owning a pet isn’t practical then volunteer at an animal shelter or visit friends with pets.

  1. Get Social

Having a good network of friends is important and social support reduces stress, increases quality of life and health.

  1. Laugh

Laughter increases good hormones and can decrease blood pressure and your heart rate. It can also strengthen your immune system.

  1. Sleep

Deep and restful sleep is essential for your well-being. If needed, change your sleeping habits to increase sleep quality. Turn off the screen at least 45 minutes before bedtime and take the time out to relax before you go to bed.