Albuquerque Dentist Discusses Aging and Oral Health

As you age, your mouth changes. You become less sensitive to cavities and other oral health problems because the nerves in your teeth shrink. Your gums become more susceptible to infection, due to the soft tissues in your mouth thinning and becoming less hydrated and elastic. Despite these shifts, however, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime if you properly care for them. Here are some tips from your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, for maintaining optimal oral health as you age.

Brush at Least Twice a Day

Choose a brush with soft bristles and gently brush your teeth to remove the film of bacteria that builds up on them each day. Brush two times a day, for about two minutes each time, and be sure to cover all of your teeth, front, back, and top. Avoid brushing aggressively, because it could erode enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity. If you have arthritis, consider using an electric toothbrush for thorough cleaning. Also, use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash. Adult teeth can only benefit from topical fluoride, so drinking fluoridated tap water does not help your teeth fight decay.

Floss Daily

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, flossing removes plaque from between the teeth and below the gumline, where gum disease and tooth decay often originate. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a chronic bacterial infection of the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If you have trouble flossing, ask us about alternatives that will help prevent periodontal disease.

 Quit Using Tobacco Products

Any use of tobacco products, even the smokeless kind, puts you at a greater risk for gum disease. Smoking also inhibits the body’s natural healing processes, so treating gum disease can be more difficult if you smoke.

Attend Six-Month Dental Checkups

Come in every six months so that we can address any oral health issues you may have before they become a serious problem. Regular dental visits are especially important as you age, because you are at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes, and gum disease contributes to these health issues. Recent research suggests that the symptoms of these illnesses may initially appear in the mouth, making dentists an integral part of the diagnosis. In some cases, the dentist is the first health professional to observe a symptom.

If you have further questions about oral health and aging, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call our 87112 dentist office at (507) 299-2979. We serve patients from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Los Lumas, Tijeras, Mountain Air, Santa Fe, and Taos.

 

 

How to Care for Your Dentures

Dentures require proper care and maintenance just like natural teeth. By taking good care of your dentures, you can keep them free from stains and extend their longevity. The following is a list of helpful tips from your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller.

Best Practices for Denture Care

  • You should always remove and rinse your dentures after eating. Take them out of your mouth and carefully run water over them at the sink. Be sure to place a towel at the bottom of the sink in case you drop them. Dentures are durable, but they can still break when dropped under the right conditions.
  • Be sure to scrub your dentures at least once a day with a denture cleaner or mild soap. Dishwashing liquid also works for this particular application. Your dentures are subject to the same plaque buildup as your natural teeth. While your dentures may not actually decay, they can stain and plaque can contribute to infection of the gums. Use a denture brush or any other soft-bristled brush to remove food and plaque. Do not use hard-bristled brushes and harsh toothpaste. These can damage your dentures. You should especially avoid toothpaste with whitening properties, as these are very hard on dentures. (more…)

Brushing Tips from Your Albuquerque Dentist

Adults learn to brush their teeth as children and usually brush the same way their entire lives. It seems like a simple practice, right? What if we told you that you may have been brushing your teeth wrong for decades, exposing yourself to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease? Dr. Miller at Snow Park Dental wants to share with you the right (and wrong) way to brush your teeth.

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Welcome to Our Blog

Our Albuquerque general dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, fervently believes the best patients are those who are fully-educated about their oral health. One of the things Dr. Miller prides himself on the most is his attention to detail and the one-on-one interaction he has with each patient. He wants you to know the pros and cons of every possible treatment option and takes great pride in helping you achieve that understanding. In keeping with Dr. Miller’s philosophy, this blog will serve to bring you the latest news in dentistry, oral health, nutrition, and healthy living.

About the Practice

Dr. Miller started his New Mexico practice in 1975, and it has been in its current location, across from Snow Park,  since 1978. With antique furniture and chairs in the lobby, the office has a modern, yet homey feel. Neck pillows are available in the patient rooms, which overlook Snow Park. You can see the mountains in the background.
Dr. Miller’s commitment to education is evident in the way he interacts with each patient. He will sit down with you and make sure you understand the treatments he recommends. He wants you to make your own decisions about your oral health, but he wants those decisions to be made with a thorough understanding of what’s going to happen.

Services

Dr. Miller offers a variety of services for children and adults. The first thing he will do is ensure he has thorough diagnostic records, including photos, models, and centric bite relation. Dr. Miller and his staff offer comprehensive dentistry services, including cosmetic, restorative, prosthetic, and preventive services. (more…)