Am I certain to lose my teeth in old age?\nNo. If you look after your teeth well, you will be able to keep your teeth for life. Gum diseases and cavities can be prevented whatever your age.\nWhat specific problems do older people have?\nYour gums may shrink back (recede) as you get older, and your teeth may become a little more sensitive as a result. Your dentist will be able to suggest you the best way to brush to keep any gum problems under control. They may also suggest a mouthwash to deal with the sensitivity.\n\nYou may \ufb01nd it harder to clean your teeth if you have problems moving your hands or arms, or if your eyesight is less than perfect. Again, you can get help and advice on the best aids to use\n\nIf you have lost some teeth, and have bridges or dentures, you may have particular cleaning needs and problems. Your dentist can help you with these.\n\nSome people take medication due to this their mouth turns dry. Saliva helps to protect your teeth against decay, so if you have less saliva than usual ask your dentist for advice.\nOr you can get special products, including arti\ufb01cial saliva, over the counter in most chemists.\nWhat kind of problem should I expect to have with my gums?\nGum problems are induced by a build-up of bacteria called \u2019plaque\u2019, which forms constantly on your teeth surface and gum. It is necessary to remove this plaque to avoid gum in\ufb02ammation. If the plaque is not removed the over time it will affect the bone under the gums. This bone supports the tooth roots when root affected your teeth may gradually become loose.\nHow do I know if I have gum disease?\nMany people may not recognize they have gum disease because it is usually painless. Some common signs are:\n\n \tBleeding gums when brushed\n \tloose teeth\n \treceding gums\n \tbad breath\n \tNot everyone has all these above-mentioned signs. You may find any one of them.\n\nCan I still get tooth decay?\nYes. The plaque which causes gum in\ufb02ammation also causes decay, especially when combined with sugary foods and drinks. There is a particular risk of decay when the gum has shrunk, as the\u2018neck\u2018 of the tooth is not protected by enamel.\nHow to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?\nThoroughly remove plaque from your teeth (and dentures, if you have them) at least twice a day:\n\n \tUse a toothpaste containing 1350 to 1500ppm (parts per million) of \ufb02uoride.\n \tThere are also many special types of toothpaste on the market, including tartar-control and total\u2014care toothpaste. Your dentist may recommend a higher- \ufb02uoride toothpaste if they think you need it.\n \tClean in between your teeth every day with \u2019interdental' brushes or \ufb02oss \u2014 if you just brush, this cleans no more than about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth.\n \tReduce the amount of how often you have food and drinks containing sugar.\n \tVisit your dentist and hygienist regularly, as often as they recommend.\n\nHow to clean my teeth properly?\nYou need a small-headed, medium-textured toothbrush and a \ufb02uoride toothpaste to help clean between your teeth, you can also use an interdental brush, tape, or \ufb02oss. If you have arthritis you may \ufb01nd it hard to grip a toothbrush handle, but you can get handle adapters.\n\nElectric toothbrushes are also helpful for people with limited movement. The handles are thicker and easier to hold, and the head does most of the work. There are many products to choose from, and your dentist or hygienist can help you decide which are best for you.\nHow to ensure if I have removed all the plaque?\nA Plaque can be stained with food dye painted onto your teeth with a cotton bud, or with special \u2019disclosing tablets\u2019 you can get from the dentist.\n\nThis stain is harmless and will show any areas of your mouth which need cleaning more carefully. Look particularly where the teeth and gums meet. Brushing again will remove the stained plaque.\nWhat if I have missing teeth?\nThere are three main ways to restore the missing teeth. The \ufb01rst is with a removable false tooth or teeth \u2014 a partial or full denture. The second option is with a \ufb01xed bridge; a bridge is usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.\n\nThe third way is a dental implant. This is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. it is used to hold one or more false teeth. Usually, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are called an \u2018implant\u2019.\nWhat causes mouth ulcers?\nUlcers can be caused by broken or crooked teeth, poorly \ufb01tting dentures or sharp pieces of food. Once the cause is removed, ulcers should heal within 3 weeks. If you notice an ulcer which does not heal, see your dentist promptly. Many serious conditions, such as mouth cancer, can be treated. better if they are diagnosed early at a routine check-up.\nDr. Zita Antao dental director Sabka dentist says it's important to keep your teeth healthy at any age. However, due to poor eyesight or other medication issues, old people need to take extra care of their teeth. So regular dental checkup is always recommended. And she further adds its important check your oral health even you wear a denture. A healthy mouth is key to overall health.