Age Well with a Healthy Mouth

As you age, it’s even more crucial to look after your dental health. Poor oral health can negatively affect your quality of life and even overall health. Common problems experienced later in life include tooth loss and tooth decay, gum disease (periodontal disease), and dry mouth (xerostomia).

How Ageing Can Affect Your Dental and General Health

If your teeth aren’t in great shape, it can affect your ability to chew food properly. This can impact your diet, and without adequate nutrition, your general health may be compromised. Gum disease is a frequent problem and is closely linked to many chronic health conditions, including respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As you age, it’s more likely that you may need prescription medications. Many of these can cause dry mouth. When your mouth isn’t moist enough, it increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

How We Can Help You

Every patient visiting Casey Dental is provided with a personalised treatment plan. This plan is regularly updated to account for any changes to your oral health or general health and will help counteract the effects of ageing. We cannot hold back the years, but regular preventative dental care will help you to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy mouth.

Did You Know Sensitive Teeth Can be Treated?

Eating ice cream or having a sip of hot coffee is no fun when it causes tooth pain. Sometimes even brushing or flossing your teeth is enough to make you wince. If this sounds familiar, you may have sensitive teeth, where hot and cold sensations reach your tooth nerve more easily.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by untreated tooth decay or fractured teeth, or even fillings that are worn and crumbling. Gum disease exposes sensitive tooth roots. Sometimes tooth enamel can become worn, allowing temperature changes to reach the nerve in your tooth more easily.

How We Can Help You

The first step is to visit our dentist here at Casey Dental. We can examine your teeth to make sure the sensitivity isn’t caused by a dental problem, and if needed, can provide appropriate treatment. It could be that mending a tooth or replacing the filling is all that’s required. Otherwise, professional applications of fluoride could help to strengthen your tooth enamel, blocking unwanted sensations. Using toothpaste for sensitive teeth will help to reduce sensitivity by blocking the transmission of sensations to the tooth nerve. Usually, you will need to use this toothpaste the several weeks as the effects are cumulative.

How the Winter Weather Can Affect Your Teeth

Have you noticed that breathing in the cold air makes your teeth hurt? This is because the inner part of your tooth called the dentine may be exposed. Dentine is usually protected by tooth enamel and consists of microscopic tubules. When exposed, these tubules allow sensations to travel to the nerve in your dental pulp, right in the centre of your tooth. If you’ve noticed your teeth have become seasonally sensitive, it could be due to one of the following reasons:

  • Brushing your teeth too vigorously can wear down your tooth enamel, exposing the dentine.
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth during your sleep also wears down tooth enamel and can frequently cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Consuming acidic beverages will gradually erode tooth enamel. These beverages include fruit juice, fizzy drinks, coffee and tea, and wine.
  • Tooth decay is a common cause of sensitivity, so if the pain is localised, come and see us as we can mend the tooth.
  • Teeth whitening agents can harm enamel when misused. If you do wish to whiten your teeth, ask us about professional dental treatments which are far safer and more effective.