As we get older, many things change—and that is especially true when it comes to our health and wellness. Aging may bring diminished mobility, balance difficulties, and other health issues. It also brings a unique set of challenges to our oral health. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong as you age requires a special approach.Let us take a deeper dive into the topic:
Watch Out for Cavities
You might think of cavities as a kids’ health issue, but they affect older adults, too! Seniors are at risk of cavities due to a number of reasons, with medications at the top of the list. Many medications have a side effect of dry mouth, which can in turn lead to cavities. If you are dealing with a persistently dry mouth, talk with your doctor and dentist about remedies.
Keep an Eye on Your Gums
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is also a frequent problem among older adults. In fact, more than two-thirds of adults age 65 and older have gum disease. Keep your gums healthy by brushing and flossing regularly and seeing the dentist as recommended for checkups and cleanings.
Guard Your Teeth
While getting older used to be associated with losing all your teeth, that does not have to be the case. Decades ago, or even longer in the past, we did not have knowledge for proper dental care. Now, though, you can be proactive about protecting your teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly are two key steps in the right direction—and it is important to check in with your dentist promptly if you notice tooth pain or other dental problems that could signify a decaying tooth. If you smoke or use tobacco, quitting is another key way to protect your teeth. Tobacco in any form increases your risk of oral health issues that can lead to tooth loss.
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