Retirement and Your Teeth

As you enter your time of retirement, we just want to say congratulations from all of us at Marineland Dental Care! You are finally at a stage in life when you can enjoy free time, spend time with your family, or serve the community in a new and exciting way. The world is your oyster, as they say!

However, being at retirement age means that you have to pay much more attention to you body. You may be surprised to find out that your body doesn’t do the things it used to do! Your doctor may ask that you begin taking medications, and you are sure to notice a difference in your teeth.

If you are very lucky, the only difference you’ll notice is some discoloration, but most older patients who visit our Kennewick, WA, dentist office are dealing with much more. It’s a very basic part of life, and we are here to help you navigate what is happening and keep your smile healthy through it all.

A New Stage for Your Teeth

Aging happens all over your body. Your hair, skin, and muscles are all experiencing changes. It’s no wonder that your teeth are also going to be affected as you grow older. The important thing is that you understand that these changes are normal, and that we can help you maintain your healthy smile throughout it all!

Tooth Loss

It is very common for adults around retirement age to begin to lose teeth. In fact, one in four adults over the age of 65 are completely toothless! Your teeth have been working for you for decades, and not all teeth can make it until the end of your life.

Dental Implants: When that happens, we recommend dental implants. Whether you are missing all of your teeth or just one, a dental implant solution is available for you. Dental implants replace the tooth root so that you can have a sturdy, comfortable restoration placed on top.

Dry Mouth

We mentioned earlier that your doctor may want to put you on medication as you age. This medication is often needed to control some of the more dangerous situations that can occur as you age. However, these medications often cause harm to your teeth by giving you dry mouth symptoms.

Decay Prevention: Your saliva fights the bacteria in your mouth to protect you from decay and infection. Without an adequate supply of saliva, you will see more decay. We can help your teeth stay healthy with fluoride treatments and dental sealants. These preventive procedures will protect you from the danger of decay.

Oral Cancer

Men over the age of 50 who have used tobacco or alcohol make up over half of oral cancer cases, but that doesn’t mean that anyone is safe from an oral cancer diagnosis. This is why we screen all patients for oral cancer. The numbers of oral cancer cases are on the rise, but if we can catch cancer early, your chances of survival are greatly increased.

Screenings: When you come into our office, we will conduct an oral cancer screening as a part of every cleaning and exam. If we find anything concerning, we will take a biopsy and find the answers you need.

Contact Us Today!

As you age, you will face new and different challenges, just as you have your entire life. We hope that you take each day as a new adventure, and maintain the health of your smile as you age. Consider how your oral health may be changing, and visit us on a routine basis to stay ahead of issues. Contact our office today to make your next appointment. We can’t wait to see you!

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