Aging often presents new oral challenges. As you get older, oral ailments that are not present in youth might develop. These include:
- Dry mouth: Dry mouth may result from physical changes in the body as it ages, but may also be due to drugs. In accordance with the CDC and Prevention, over 400 commonly used drugs can lead to dry mouth. Because spit helps kill bacteria and reconstruct enamel, dry mouth raises the danger of oral disease.
- Attrition: Also known as straightforward damage, can come from several years of grinding and chewing and it takes its toll on aging teeth. As the enamel wears down, the danger of cavities increases.
- Disease: This contains oral cancer and other diseases, like thrush, which is an unusual growth of the fungus in the mouth.
- Root decay: Usually accompanied by gum disorder, the roots of the teeth can become exposed as your gums recede, leading to a heightened rate of decline as you age.
Dr. Amy strongly encourages daily flossing and brushing of natural teeth to keep them in good dental health. Plaque can build up rapidly on the teeth of seniors, and particularly when dental hygiene is neglected, can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. It is very important to many people, no matter age, to:
- Increase Fluoridation: Switch to a fluoride toothpaste or integrate fluoride rinse in your everyday routine to maintain good oral health.
- Avoid tobacco: Tobacco in almost any form is connected to a heightened risk of heart disease, not to mention mouth and throat cancer as well as other serious illnesses. Chewing tobacco may even lead to more disintegration, as many tobacco formulas include sugars.
Increase oral hydration: Dr. Amy suggests asking your physician if your medicine can be substituted for one that does not create dry mouth. If this isn’t possible, then drink loads of water, chew on a chewing gum that is sugar-free, and avoid alcohol, which tends to dehydrate your system.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash: When used with flossing and brushing, an antibacterial wash can decrease the buildup of plaque.
- Maintaining your teeth in tip top shape as you age demands a couple of common sense practices. It’s also necessary to see Dr. Amy consistently, so never skip your checkups.