Take Care Of That 65+ Year Old Smile

FOR PAST GENERATIONS, chances were slim that somebody could keep their healthy, natural teeth over their entire lifetime. Fortunately, today’s remarkable technologies and advanced materials, coupled with the artistic eyes and extensive training of the entire team here at Theurer Family Dental greatly increase the likelihood that you’ll keep your smile for life!

Sometimes we visit with our valued patients and friends and we recognize that making decisions about various treatments isn’t easy. To help you better understand dental service decision making, we’ve set up a simple little framework. It’s our hope that this will help bring additional clarity to your decision making. And of course, the decisions are always up to you. Our job is to be sure you are well informed.

For purposes of these blog posts, we’ve divided “The Lifetime of Your Smile” into four phases:

  • Your 1–20 Year Old Smile
  • Your 20–40 Year Old Smile
  • Your 40–65 Year Old Smile
  • Your 65+ Year Old Smile

In addition to finding your smile’s current phase, you probably have family members, loved ones, and friends who are in the other phases as well. We invite you to pass the information along!

Must do. Should do. Could do.

Each day—consciously and subconsciously—we prioritize decision making in all aspects of our lives by “must do’s,” “should do’s,” and “could do’s.” Here with Drs. Jared and Daniel Theurer our goal is to make sure you’re comfortable with every oral health decision you make, and that you see the difference between the “musts,” the “shoulds,” and the “coulds.”

Of course, these lists aren’t exhaustive—and, there are no absolutely right or wrong answers to what you must, should, or could be doing about your oral health and appearance. Everyone has different priorities and different wants and needs. Think of these posts as a starting point! And if you have questions, be sure to contact us and we’ll chat.

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Today’s Post Is About Your 65+ Year Old Smile

THERE ARE NO AGE LIMITS ON A FANTASTIC, ENGAGING SMILE! Did you know that losing your teeth during your golden years typically has nothing to do with aging and everything to do with gum disease?! That same disease is also linked to diabetes, cancer, and heart problems. But you need not be a victim. As average life spans increase, it’s an important time to understand your aging smile and how to care for it.

Must do.

  • As we get older, our receding gums can expose roots to cavities and decay. Don’t ever postpone your regular professional visits.
  • Some of the dental work in your mouth may be many decades old, thus greatly increasing the risk of decay setting in around the edges of old fillings or crowns. See your dentist to be sure you aren’t at risk.

Should do.

  • Today’s dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. If you’re missing teeth, advanced restorative implants may be the solution for you.
  • Boost self confidence. A recent study indicates that nearly 90% of dental implant patients who previously wore dentures say confidence is up, and, the procedure was worth repeating.

Could do.

  • It isn’t complicated and there’s very little discomfort. More and more patients are keeping their teeth AND beautifying their smiles with cosmetic veneers. Now you can too.

Here at Theurer Family Dental, our entire team wants to be your oral health partners for life! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, if you haven’t already.

Watch for our next blog post to learn about the last phases in “The Lifetime of Your Smile”!