When it comes to dental health, older people have special needs.

As we age, our gums recede and expose surfaces that aren’t protected by enamel. Hot, cold, sour or sweet foods can cause discomfort. Anti-sensitivity toothpaste¬†can help. If the sensitivity continues, see your dentist. You may have a decayed or damaged tooth.

Worn or fractured teeth are at greater risk of decay, especially on the root surfaces. Use a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and have regular dental checkups.

Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes can hurt your mouth as well as the rest of your body. Keep your dentist up to date on your overall health.

Medications and some health problems can cause dry mouth, which is bad for teeth. Talk to your dentist about restoring moisture and preventing tooth damage.

Dentures need regular care just like teeth. Follow your dentist’s instructions for maintenance. If you have problems, speak up.

If you are looking for a Garden City dentist, give us a call at (516) 747-2400.

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