How to Keep a Healthy and Vibrant Smile Throughout Life

Feb 25th, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

smileNot too long ago, you’d be hard pressed to find a senior citizen who had all of his or her own teeth. It was just a fact of life that when you got old, you would need dentures. Thankfully, those days are behind us. With more people gaining access to proper health education and dental care, we’re seeing a record number of seniors flashing healthy, natural teeth well into their 90s. Here’s a guide to dental care for all ages.

The Childrens Smile and Oral Health

For the best possible chance at a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, dental care should begin at birth by wiping your baby’s gums with gauze after each feeding. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you do not need to worry about your child’s baby teeth as they are all going to fall out anyway. These teeth are designed to fall out on a certain schedule in order to ensure your child’s permanent teeth do not come in decayed, crowded, or crooked. If baby teeth fall out early due to decay, you could be setting your child up for a lifetime of dental problems and extensive orthodontic treatment. For this reason, regular dental checkups should begin when the first baby teeth start to erupt.

The Adolescents Smile and Oral Health

As a parent, you may be frustrated that you can no longer watch your newly-independent adolescents every minute to ensure they are eating healthy foods and taking care of their teeth properly. Many adolescents often wear braces, which makes their oral hygiene regimen even more challenging. If you instilled good habits in them early, chances are they will keep making good choices. Try to stress to them the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums, and make sure they receive regular dental checkups with Dr. Moiceanu so that any developing problems can be caught and corrected early on.

The Adults Smile and Oral Health

Young adulthood presents unique challenges. You may have a demanding job, a busy social life, and limited financial resources, so seeing a dentist may not be at the top of your to-do list. If you’ve made it this far without any significant dental problems, don’t let your chaotic lifestyle ruin your teeth at this point. Make regular dental checkups a priority now to prevent problems down the road. Middle age is when many people start to notice age-related tooth problems such as worn down teeth and yellowing. Dr. Moiceanu offers several cosmetic procedures that can rejuvenate your smile and help you look younger.

The Seniors Smile and Oral Health

If you’ve made it to retirement with all your natural teeth intact and functioning properly, it all comes down to the preventive measures you took when you were younger. However, advanced age comes with its own set of dental problems that may be difficult to prevent. Certain health conditions and medications can cause dry mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease, so it’s more important than ever to see Dr. Moiceanu on a regular basis so that he can stay on top of your oral health to prevent any emerging problems from worsening.

Dr. Moiceanu treats patients of all ages, so call (510) 758-7222 to schedule your appointment today. Hilltop Family Dental gladly treats patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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