Baby Boomers Dental Care in Austin | Babineau Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Baby Boomers Dental Care in Austin

Baby Boomers & Dental Care - Babineau Dentistry

Maintaining dental health as we age

As approximately 76 million Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) begin to approach their Golden years, dental health issues can become a concern. Although the aging process does have an impact on dental health, proper care of teeth and gums can ensure the lasting beauty of your smile. Knowing what to look for can help you take precautions and keep your oral health in tip-top shape.

Dental issues and the solutions we offer

Outlined below are some of the common dental problems associated with aging.

Old dental fillings that leak

Baby Boomers & Dental Care in AustinAmalgam (metal) fillings were once the standard in dental care. Over time, metal fillings will oxidize and increase in size, resulting in cracks or leaks. If you have amalgam fillings, we will check for any problem areas and discuss replacement options with you. Tooth-colored composite fillings are commonly used now to fill cavities, as well as onlays and inlays for large repairs. Both options use safe materials and match your natural tooth color.

Learn more about Onlays and Inlays and tooth-colored fillings.

Periodontal disease

Baby Boomers & Dental Care - Babineau DentistryAlthough you may not exhibit symptoms initially, periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) can wreak havoc in your mouth. Caused by bacteria that create infections below the gum line, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Bleeding or swollen gums are the common early signs of gum disease; please contact us immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Learn more about Treating Gum Disease.

Dental health and diabetes

Diabetes and dental health are related and each affects the other. If you are diabetic, you are 200% to 400% more likely to have periodontal disease and other dental problems, and if you have dental problems, they make your diabetes worse. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, one of the best proactive measures you can take is to get your teeth and gums healthy, and commit to a program to keep them healthy. We like to see our diabetic patients every three or four months for therapeutic maintenance.

Missing teeth

Estimates suggest that 69% of adults have lost at least one tooth. Missing teeth not only make you feel self-conscious, they can also contribute to oral health problems, including shifting and misalignment of existing teeth. Dental implants are the new standard for replacing missing teeth. Contact us for a complimentary consultation to improve the appearance and function of your smile.

Learn more about your Options for Missing Teeth.

Baby Boomers & Dental Care - Babineau Dentistry

When missing teeth are left unreplaced, the jaw begins to deteriorate, causing the face to collapse and appear to age.

Dark or stained teeth

Baby Boomers & Dental Care - Babineau DentistryWith age, tooth enamel begins to wear away, allowing the naturally yellow dentin to show through. Certain drinks, foods, medications and personal habits such as smoking can cause teeth to become discolored.

Learn more about Porcelain Veneers and Teeth Whitening.

Erosion, abrasion and attrition of teeth

Erosion of tooth enamel is caused by a diet high in acids, sugars or starches, with a heavy consumption of soft drinks being one of the most common culprits. Regurgitated acids associated with gastric reflux or bulimia disorders may also cause erosion.

Changes in diet and the appropriate treatment for disorders resulting in acid regurgitation will help deter erosion. Porcelain veneers can be used to improve the function and appearance of teeth that have suffered from erosion.

Abrasion is the result of physical wear on the surface of the tooth from brushing too aggressively, flossing improperly, chewing tobacco or biting on hard items.

Attrition is caused by the friction resulting from clenching or grinding teeth, which often occurs during sleep. This condition is known as bruxism.

In addition to oral appliances to help protect teeth from grinding, porcelain veneers can be used to repair teeth that have been ground down or have suffered wear.

Learn more about our One-Visit Porcelain Veneers.

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