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You’re not a young whippersnapper anymore, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the same dental issues they warned you about when you were a kid. In fact, you’re not only affected by the same kinds of dental decay that children go through, but you have a few extra issues to worry about now that you’re older. It’s best to keep up with the kinds of care that have always been best practices.

-Keeping up with daily toothbrushing and flossing. Brushing needs to happen twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, and flossing at least once a day to remove the plaque in between teeth.

-Visiting the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup to evaluate and detect other oral issues.

-Limiting your sugar and starch intake. Diet is always a concern for oral health as well as overall body health. Too much sugar in the saliva can supercharge dental decay.

Those are the mainstays of dental health, but as an approaching senior you will want to watch out for these potential problems that are common as you age.

-Gum disease and receding gumline.

-Changing mouth and gums exposing tooth roots and access points in previous dental work.

-Sensitive teeth that are a sign that something has been attacked by decay.

-Cracked or fractured teeth that may go undetected until decay has entered in.

If you’d like more information about aging teeth and what you can do to care for them, feel free to call Dr. Konstantinos Proussaefs and our team at Konstantinos Proussaefs DDS Inc. You can make an appointment at: 805-422-3116, or come by our office in Simi Valley, California.