20 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile… con’t - Dr. Charles Bell

by Dr. Charles Bell 6. September 2014 08:51

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14. Aging:

This is definitely a hard one to avoid. But the often recited myth that tooth loss is inevitable as you get older is absolutely false. The real issue is oral disease not specifically aging.

However aging does make you more susceptible to decay near old fillings and root surfaces now exposed because of gum recession. Also certain medications can cause dry mouth and those issues we have discussed earlier.

Increasing your fluoride protection is critical in preventing this breakdown around fillings and on the root surfaces. Your dentist probably has some prescription strength fluoride pastes that would be helpful in this regard.

Meinecke says "Seniors who brush regularly with fluoride toothpaste or use fluoride rinses or gels regularly have fewer cavities."

It is an interesting side note that during my years as an attending dentist in a nursing home, I have noticed an almost 100% correlation between oral health and overall health. The seniors with the best mouths were always in the best health relative to their peers.

15. Birth Control Pills:

Because oral contraceptives mimic pregnancy, as we have previously discussed, they can lead to increased inflammation, infections, including gingivitis.

There are also some studies which have shown that women on birth control pills have more trouble healing after an extraction and are twice as likely to develop painful dry sockets after tooth removal.

You may want to consult with your dentist about their effect prior to major procedures.

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