Maintaining your Oral Health through Retirement

Categories: Oral Health

maintaining oral health after retirementSanta Cruz, Scotts Valley CA

According to a Yahoo Finance article published in November of last year, approximately 10,000 Americans retire from the workforce on a daily basis. If you are preparing for retirement, you probably have put together a list of what you want to do now that you will have all that extra time on your hands. Your ability to actually complete the things on that list will be determined by your health: not just your overall health, but your oral health as well. Remember, oral health is a key component of total wellness, and problems with your teeth and mouth can lead to issues throughout the body. Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry has compiled this list of issues to watch for to keep your teeth looking and functioning at their best through retirement. That way, you can spend your time enjoying life rather than at the doctor’s office.

Bruxism is the clinical term for clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people who engage in this behavior do so while they are sleeping and never realize it, but the consequences can be serious. Severe, untreated cases of bruxism can devastate your smile, wearing down all your teeth to the nubs. Doctors Max and Ariana Ebrahimian can provide protection against the potential damages of bruxism by supplying you with a custom-made mouth guard.

Tooth decay is one of the more widespread chronic diseases in the United States. The vast majority of Americans will deal with a cavity at some point in their lifetime. For older Americans, decay can pose a threat as new cavities might form around existing dental work, especially older restorations that have begun to deteriorate or show general signs of wear. It’s crucial to keep up good dental hygiene as you age: brush twice per day, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months for a check-up. During these checkups, the dentist can check your restorations for any leaks or see if they are wearing down and are in need of replacing.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that forms in your gum tissue, and it’s estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that more than 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have periodontitis—the advanced stage of gum disease. Your vulnerability to gum disease increases as you get older, and can be influenced by your genetics, stress level, hormonal changes in the body, diet, and obesity. Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can treat your gum disease through a course of laser-assisted therapy. But, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene and maintain those regular dental visits to keep your gums in check, and to stop gum disease from progressing, if you have it.

Oral cancer has a high mortality rate relative to the number of cases diagnosed. This is because most cases of oral cancer are not identified until the late stage when it likely has begun to spread. Your risk of developing oral cancer peaks between the ages of 60 and 70, and is influenced by tobacco use and frequent consumption of alcohol. Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry performs oral cancer screenings as part of the comprehensive exam that takes place during every regular check-up.

Dental care for senior citizens in Scotts Valley

Your retirement years will be much more satisfying if you can maintain a good level of dental health. Doctors Max and Ariana Ebrahimian recognize the special needs and concerns of oral health care for senior citizens. If you are looking for a dentist to serve you, or you just moved to the areas of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, call the office of Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 438-4411 to schedule a consultation.