Embracing the Autumn of Life with a Beautiful Smile
Shakespeare used Autumn as a metaphor for aging, and it is the time for harvests and for reaping what you have sown. Many of us plan extensively for retirement, and there have never been more opportunities to enjoy it to the full. These days people are living longer and are more active, and you want to make the most of every moment. But, have you planned for good dental health?
If you haven’t and retirement is looming large, then it’s worth thinking about the potential need for any treatments in the future, and if you have a suitable plan in place. People who currently have good dental insurance will need to investigate if this coverage changes with retirement and what this will mean for their dental health.
Get the Smile You Desire and Deserve
It can pay to plan for the replacement of any aging restorations as well as the cost of more sophisticated treatments such as dental implants. Also, if you’ve always hankered after a nicer smile then why not treat yourself for retirement? Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy having beautiful teeth. In fact, many older people have far livelier social lives than those a little younger who are still working full-time or bringing up the kids! There are numerous fantastic treatments available utilizing the very latest materials and techniques. You don’t need to put up with dingy, discoloured or missing teeth!
Ensuring You Have Great Dental Health
Hopefully, you will already be a regular visitor here at Chatham Dental Centre and will be enjoying all the benefits of good dental health. It’s essential to make sure you keep up-to-date with your regular check-ups and hygiene appointments because it really is the easiest and most cost-effective way to keep smiling well into retirement. At the same time, good dental health helps to protect your general health, something which becomes even more critical as the years pass by.
How Aging Can Affect Your Dental Health
Lots of people do need to take more medications at this time in life, and these can affect your dental health, so make sure you tell us about any changes to your general health or any new medications prescribed by your family doctor.
One common side-effect of prescription medications is something called xerostomia or dry mouth and where the amount of saliva produced is reduced and is no longer sufficient to keep your mouth clean, fresh and comfortable. Unfortunately, a lack of saliva does increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but there are lots of things we can do to reduce this risk. One possibility is to prescribe artificial saliva and lots of people find it helpful to simply drink more water, to suck on sugar-free candies or to chew sugar-free gum.
Diseases affecting your immune system such as diabetes can also impact your dental health. As you get older, the need to eat properly is even more criticalt, but if your teeth are failing then eating a good variety of foods can be tricky. These are all factors that can be addressed with ongoing dental care.
Whatever you have planned for later in life, excellent preventative dentistry will help you enjoy every moment to the fullest. Provided you spend a little time looking after your teeth, you should be able to smile during your retirement, reaping the benefits of all your hard work beforehand.
Want to get started planning your perfect retirement smile? Just request an appointment and we’ll get back to you quickly to schedule one.