A lot of people just automatically assume that their natural teeth will never last for their lifetime and that the fact they will have to have dentures no matter what at some point – in other words – that it will be inevitable. However, that is just not true. When you are serious about your health, your oral health in particular, and take what we term as proactive measures we should have the confidence enough in our own measures and health to know our own teeth could last us for the whole of our life.
How Can we Keep Dentures from Being the Inevitable?
One of the best ways is to make and keep consistent, regular 6-month checkups with our office. As we age, our teeth become less sensitive because our nerves become less sensitive this loss of sensitivity may not make us aware of a toothache or a cavity that is brewing down inside our mouth. However, if we maintain those regular 6-month checkups, we will most likely catch the beginning of a cavity while it is still small, manageable and the tooth is able to be saved. If the cavity becomes too big, then it is likely the tooth cannot be saved. These 6-month checkups also allow us to keep continual watch on your overall gum health and your general oral health. If signs of something such as disease or oral cancer should appear, you can start treatment immediately, while the condition is not as severe.
Next in line would be simply to brush and floss your teeth at least two, perhaps three times a day and this will almost certainly help you to avoid dentures. Brushing and flossing allows you to avoid tooth decay that will weaken your teeth and when your teeth become week your teeth weaken and that causes the original structure of your mouth and teeth begin to change that could lead to the need for dentures down the road.
Make the investment to switch to an electric toothbrush as it offers many benefits. The electric brush offers a completely more thorough cleaning each day and night. It simply offers a more effective cleaning to everyone.
Finally, one of the best things you can do is to begin and continue to drink fluoridated water. Fluoridated water has great substances to strengthen your natural teeth long term. It is the fluoride that keeps your enamel strong and healthy and can indeed even help reverse tooth decay that is caused by eating sugar. The sugar that we consume produces bacteria which in turn produces acid – and it is that acid that literally eats away at your teeth. The acid will literally strip your teeth of your surface level minerals. Fluoride is so great because it will help remineralize your teeth and actually prevent cavities.
These strategies will require a lifelong committed effort. These steps should be a part of your daily oral health routine every day to prevent the inevitable of dentures. To find out other things you can do, give us a call.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600