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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1. Dental Crown Replacement

Dental crowns are typically used to protect fragile teeth. They're often installed as part of root canal therapy. Metal crowns can be silver or gold. They are not as common in modern times, but some patients opt for metal crowns because they're less expensive. However, metal crowns are highly noticeable in the mouth due to their distinctive shine.

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2. Dental Bridges

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3. Dental Veneers

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4. Teeth Cleaning

Clean teeth are more aesthetically pleasing. You can perform routine oral care at home, but tartar will still build up over time. Tartar buildup can create a white, chalky appearance. Stains can also accumulate over time. A cosmetic dentist can provide professional cleaning that will remove tartar buildup and stains.

If you require a deeper clean, your cosmetic dentist can remove more stubborn stains using teeth whitening treatments. Teeth whitening treatments use peroxide that is light-activated to whiten dark tooth enamel. People who regularly drink coffee and smoke cigarettes can usually benefit from teeth whitening treatments.