As you age, your teeth will change, as will your oral hygiene needs. By better understanding how your mouth will change as you get older, you can take steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Beware of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a condition that tends to develop with older age. Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands no longer produce enough saliva to adequately clean the teeth.
As you get older, the mouth dries out, and tooth decay risk will increase. Additionally, many prescription medications can contribute to dry mouth, which is another reason the problem increases with age. Staying hydrated, using a saliva substitute, and chewing on sugar-free gum can all help.
Worn Down Teeth
Your teeth are strong and intended to last for life. However, they can wear down with age. Frequent grinding, biting, and chewing wear down the enamel and the surfaces of the teeth. While you can’t prevent general wear and tear, you can prevent it from worsening. Try to avoid putting non-food items in your mouth, and don’t chew on ice.
As you get older, you may notice the signs of gum disease. This can result from difficulty brushing, or medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease might also contribute to gum disease. Some signs to look for include:
- * Loose teeth
- * Gums that bleed when you brush
- * Receding gums, or gums that appear to pull back from the teeth
- * Chronic bad breath
If you notice any of these signs, an improved oral hygiene routine can help. However, it is important to find the source of the problem in order to prevent future issues. We can inspect your mouth to determine the best course of action.
Do you have questions about how to keep your mouth healthy as you age? If so, call us today to set up your next appointment.