21 Sep Dental Care for Baby Boomers
We are in the business of smiles, but did you know dental care needs vary by age? Before being outpaced by Millennials, Baby Boomers were once the largest generation of our time. Born between 1946 and 1964, Boomers are now at an age where their dental needs have evolved, and addressing those changes is vital to ensure healthy smiles for years to come.
Oral Health Challenges for Baby Boomers
Young or older, twice daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing apply to everyone, as do twice-annual checkups and once-per-year mouth cancer screening. As a Baby Boomer, dental issues may age-related or based on lack of certain dental techniques available earlier in their life.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: Many Baby Boomers grew up in an era with limited access to fluoride and less emphasis on preventive dentistry. Consequently, they may have a history of dental fillings and gum problems that require ongoing attention. As a result, this generation may face a recurrence of tooth decay and gum disease.
Tooth Loss: Tooth loss becomes a more common concern as we age. Baby Boomers may have lost teeth due to decay, gum disease, or other factors. Gaps, where a tooth was lost, can cause shifting in the jaw and teeth if not adequately addressed.
Dry Mouth: Medications can lead to dry mouth, which, in turn, can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. Stay hydrated and ask your dental hygienist for product suggestions that help reduce dry mouth.
Oral Cancer: Baby Boomers are at a higher risk for oral cancer, especially with a history of tobacco or alcohol use. Oral cancer is usually found in stage three or four. Timing is critical.
The good news is that these potential dental issues can be corrected with a diligent dental routine. If you are experiencing any discomfort, pain, or sensitivities, contact your dentist for an appointment.
Dental Care Tips for Baby Boomers
Taking care of your teeth does not require a lot of time. It is as easy as committing 4 minutes each day for proper brushing. Additional steps to protect the health of your teeth include:
- Regular Dental Checkups: Visit your dentist every six months to proactively detect and address issues early, preventing more extensive and costly treatments.
- Preventive Care: Stay diligent with daily oral hygiene routines. Electric toothbrushes and interdental brushes make cleaning more accessible and more effective.
- Healthy Diet: Our mouth needs nutrients like the rest of our body. A diet rich in calcium, vitamins, and minerals supports bone density and tooth health.
- Restorative Dentistry: For those with missing teeth, restorative options like dental implants, bridges, or dentures can improve oral function and boost confidence.
- Oral Cancer Screenings: Regular screenings for oral cancer are essential. We use Oral I.D., a non-invasive and pain free 2-minute exam that can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages. Report any suspicious symptoms such as persistent mouth sores, pain, or changes in the appearance of oral tissues.
- Management of Chronic Conditions: Medications and lifestyle factors may impact oral health. Regular exams help ensure overall health of mouth and body.
Beautiful Smile at Any Age
Dr. Dragana Angelova
Imperial Dental Center
“We love to see you smile”