Grow Older with Your Teeth

»»Grow Older with Your Teeth

Happy Smiling PatientAs we grow older, it’s natural for changes in our mouths, gums, and jawbone to occur. However (thanks to preventive dentistry) people nowadays are keeping their natural teeth longer and longer.

Prevent Tooth Loss as you Grow Older

Neglect is the main cause of tooth loss, and most problems can be prevented with a simple regimen of daily home care for your teeth, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and regular dental examinations.

Periodontal Disease

The main cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal (gum) disease. The good news is it’s preventable. And its progress can be stopped and potentially reversed with periodontal therapy. With treatment, your teeth can look younger, and feel healthier and stronger.

Root Caries

Because people are keeping their teeth longer, root caries (decay on the exposed root of the tooth) are a common problem.

The condition develops as gums recede, exposing the tooth itself to decay-causing bacteria. Gum problems, tobacco use, or brushing teeth with too much force (toothbrush abrasion) may contribute to gum recession.

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Xerostomia is the lack of saliva or “dry mouth.” It’s not only uncomfortable, but it can cause dental problems. Without a steady flow of saliva, tooth enamel is more susceptible to decay. Fluoride treatment and extra care of teeth can discourage the damage.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Even if your teeth are healthy, they may be less than beautiful. Stains, chips, or large gaps can all contribute to the appearance of your smile, and whatever the condition of your teeth, we have the tools to enhance, strengthen, and support them.

You don’t have to settle for a future of discomfort or missing teeth. Contact us today, we’re here in your corner!

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.