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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults


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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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Caring For Porcelain Dental Veneers: Important Dos And Don'ts

Porcelain dental veneers can be an excellent option for those who are looking to achieve a whiter and more beautiful smile without the need for extensive procedures. Essentially, a dental veneer is adhered to the front of an existing tooth and is used to mask imperfections, such as chips or even slightly crooked teeth. Before you decide to get dental veneers, however, there are some important care and maintenance dos and don'ts that you'll want to be aware of.

DO Exercise Gentle Care

Porcelain is known for being a very durable material, but it can become scratched easily by abrasives. Therefore, when you get dental veneers, you'll want to select a toothpaste that's specifically formulated to be gentle on dental appliances and veneers. Specifically, your toothpaste shouldn't include any abrasive ingredients, such as baking soda, which can scratch the surface of your veneers. Furthermore, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

DON'T Ignore Tooth Grinding

If you have a history of grinding your teeth in your sleep, then you'll also want to make sure that you address this at the time that you get your dental veneers done. More than likely, your dentist will have you wear a guard when you go to sleep each night, which will protect your teeth from the damage of grinding. Dental veneers can become cracked or chipped from excessive grinding, so getting veneers without addressing tooth grinding could lead to disastrous results and expensive repair procedures.

DO Consider a Mouthguard

If you're the type of person who enjoys playing sports or engages in a lot of highly physical activity, you may also want to speak to your cosmetic dentist about the possibility of having a custom mouthguard made at the same time you get your veneers put on. After all, the last thing you want is to end up cracking or otherwise damaging your new veneers while playing a contact sport.

DON'T Try to Whiten

Finally, understand that porcelain cannot be whitened in the same way that your natural teeth can. Therefore, if you don't have veneers on all of your teeth and you try to whiten your teeth, you're going to end up with mismatching tooth colors. Unfortunately, porcelain veneers can be stained by beverages such as coffees and wines, so to reduce the chances of discoloration, you may want to consider cutting these beverages from your diet or, at the very least, drinking them with a straw. To find out more, contact a business like South Florida Dental Arts.