While routine dental health care is important for helping young patients establish healthy habits, maintaining preventive dental care and good at home oral hygiene is just as important for older adults and seniors.
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, Dr. Harper, a Poquoson general and family dentist, 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.
For patients who have lost a tooth, Dr. Harper offers dental implants and will coordinate the entire treatment process to ensure long lasting results that will support overall oral health and keep their patients smiling comfortably.
Dr. Harper is both experienced and highly trained, offering restorative treatment for complex dental issues. He is committed to the lifelong oral health of his patients and takes the time with each one to understand their oral health concerns, cosmetic desires and budget. 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!