While lifelong dental health care is important for overall good health, maintaining preventive care visits and good at home oral hygiene is just as important for older adults.
The wear and tear that our teeth experience throughout daily life begins to show more as we age and the body is slower to repair itself. Acid erosion, gum recession and weakening tooth enamel begin to have an effect on teeth, sometimes resulting in cracks, decay and gum disease. All of these dental health issues can lead to tooth loss and have an effect on overall physical health if left untreated. Studies have shown the connection between oral health and overall health and it is not uncommon for an oral health problem to be the sign of an underlying larger health issue: a regular visit to the dentist could be life saving!
During preventive care visits to Dr. Leonard Hess at Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, he and his staff can spot the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, offering treatment before significant damage is done. Modern dentistry emphasizes the importance of keeping the natural teeth as long as possible, supporting their health with preventive and restorative dentistry. Tooth loss, while sometimes unavoidable, can lead to additional health problems if teeth are not replaced in a timely manner.
Dr. Hess specializes in treating patients with complex dental health problems, offering the dental services necessary to keep natural teeth strong and healthy. For patients who have lost a tooth, Dr. Hess offers implant dentistry and implant secured dentures. Working with local oral surgeons and specialists, Dr. Hess will coordinate all phases of an implant procedure and will place the final restoration in his Charlotte area dental office.
If you have been avoiding the dentist for some time, we are here to help! Come back for a preventive care visit and begin to restore you oral health: it’s an important part of a long and healthy life!