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MAY Newsletter 2015
Tips on caring for your pearly whites in the golden years
The body changes with age in many ways, and that includes oral health. The cumulative effects of any trauma or poor hygiene in the past, along with normal wear and tear can leave teeth chipped, fractured, stained, or infected. Many mature adults lose their natural teeth to gum disease, but it is often avoidable with proper care.

Here are a few simple tips for seniors or caregivers:
  • Watch for signs of dry mouth. It is a common side effect of medication, and can lead to or exacerbate oral disease.
  • Be sure to tell your dentist about any existing medical condition, such as diabetes, because this can impact oral health.
  • There are a number of tools such as electric toothbrushes that can make oral hygiene easier for those with limited movement or motor control.
  • Make dental appointments more frequently if oral health problems are persistent or recurrent.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to ask us.
Veneers and Bruxism: What you need to know
Porcelain veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dental treatments for very good reason. They are fast, conservative, and capable of correcting the appearance of virtually any aesthetic problem. For most people, veneers are also a long-lasting solution. While their longevity is frequently quoted between five and fifteen years, it is not uncommon for a person to keep the same set of veneers for decades with good hygiene and regular dental care. For people with bruxism (clenching or grinding of teeth), there is another concern.

A recent study has shown that, although the overall failure rate of veneers is very low, it tends to be higher among individuals with bruxism. Because veneers are quite thin, and jaw muscles are quite strong, bruxism increases the risk of fractures in the veneers. Fortunately, the same study found a dramatic improvement in those odds among people who wore bruxism dental appliances. In fact, patients with bruxism who wore a splint were found to be eight times less likely to experience a fracture than those who did not wear one.

If you have veneers, and want to protect your smile for a long time to come, ask us if a bruxism appliance is right for you.
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