Changing dental care needs

Age related problems & products

Is tooth loss inevitable?
No, keeping healthy teeth for life is possible if you follow a good oral care regime. This will help you to avoid gum disease and tooth decay which are the main causes of tooth loss. To read more on gum issues, click here. click here

What particular problems may be experienced as I get older?

• Gum recession
Your gums may recede as you get older which will leave more of your tooth exposed and also larger spaces between teeth. It is important to ensure that these larger gaps are thoroughly cleaned and so it is recommended that specialist interdental brushes are used as part of you usual oral care regime.

• Sensitivity
When more of a tooth is exposed your teeth may become a little more sensitive. Your dentist or hygienist should be able to recommend products to help deal with any discomfort.

• Loss of teeth, bridges & dentures
You might find more specialist products such as interdental brushes are useful in helping you to be able to clean gaps and awkward spaces left by missing teeth and dental appliances.

• Dry mouth
Saliva helps to protect teeth against decay but some people have to take regular medication which can make their mouths dry. Dry mouth can lead to dental problems including bad breath. Your dentist , hygienist or pharmacist can recommend products designed to alleviate dry mouth.

• Limited movement
If you have arthritis you may find it difficult to grip a toothbrush handle, but you can get handle adapters. Electric toothbrushes are also ideal for people with limited movement. The handles are thicker and easier to hold and the oscillating head does most of the work.

Can I still get tooth decay?
Yes, and as there can be gum recession present in our mouths as we get older, particular care needs to be taken to clean the areas of teeth not protected by tooth enamel.

Why do I need dentures? 
Dentures can be made of either plastic or metal and replace lost or missing teeth so that you can continue to enjoy eating normally and smile with confidence. A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. They fit over your gums and will help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly improving your confidence and self-esteem.

A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It is often important to fill these gaps as other teeth can move to take up the space which can lead to problems associated with crooked or tilted teeth. Partial dentures replace teeth that are missing and can sometimes be supported by the teeth you have left.