The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Top 3 Troubles for Aging Teeth

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Aging affects your body and mind, but it also impacts your teeth. Your teeth may be very strong, but age and wear can do dental damage. Discover what can spoil your smile and learn how to handle these harms.

The Growing Threat of Gum Disease

This is the greatest threat to aging teeth because the risk of gum problems increases with age. If gum issues are left untreated, they can get infected and damage the connective tissue, erode the bone, and cause tooth loss. But you shouldn’t have to grapple with gum disease as long as you protect your smile by practicing proper oral hygiene to remove all bacteria, using an antibacterial mouthwash, and getting twice-a-year check-ups and cleanings from an affordable dentist in South Bend.

The Risk of Acid Erosion

Did you know that another major danger to aging teeth is sugary and starchy foods and beverages? See, these are full of carbohydrates, which ferment, causing bacteria in the mouth to create acids that erode your tooth enamel. People often think that sugary candies do the most damage, but the bigger threat is really carbonated drinks. Their carbonation increases the amount of acid in the mouth that can harm your teeth. To preserve your smile, limit your intake of sugary foods and beverages, especially carbonated beverages and sports drinks. Satisfy your cravings for something sweet by chewing sugarless gum, which provides a sugar-free source of satisfaction and cleanses your mouth by producing saliva.

The Difficulty of Dry Mouth

To avoid a number of dental care concerns, it is important to maintain a healthy amount of saliva to neutralize acid in the mouth and clean teeth. When you have dry mouth, this decreases your saliva production, significantly increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you experience dry mouth, discuss it with your doctor to see if changing your prescriptions could help. To increase saliva production, try chewing sugarless gum or using a special mouthwash designed to combat this dryness.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

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