Shank Center for Dentistry
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How Your Oral Health Changes As You Get Older

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As your Perry Township, IN dentist, we care for people at every stage of life and design personalized treatment plans to keep you healthy whether you are a teen, expecting mother, or a senior.

Dental Cleanings and Exams Are More Important Than Ever

Teeth collect more tartar as you age, and your enamel thins as well. Maintaining oral hygiene is important as you age because oral health and your overall health are intimately related. Healthy gums and a decay-free smile will improve your diet and your self-confidence. Older adults are staying active and social longer than ever.

Even if you have dentures, your regular dental visits are still important. We offer oral cancer screenings and monitor bone levels at each visit.

Fluoride Is Not Just for Kids

Aging can mean painful joints and loss of dexterity. Preventive treatments such as fluoride application, dental sealants, and more frequent dental cleanings can help your teeth and gums remain healthy. 

While fluoride is typically associated with children, many of our adult patients like the added security to complement their home care.

Understand Systemic Links

Many common diseases and conditions that aging patients face are linked to periodontal disease. It seems that recent research is uncovering more about gum disease and systemic health with every passing month, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

By keeping your gums healthy, you support a healthy body and a healthy diet. With proper prevention, tooth loss can be avoided and is not as common as it was for our parents and grandparents.

As your Perry Township, IN dentist, we are here to help you enjoy life and good health for a lifetime. Give us a call to schedule your next dental appointment. We look forward to welcoming you.

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