Oral issues you need to be aware of as you get older
As you get older, the body also goes through various changes which can lead to new health issues. The same can happen in your mouth but many people are not aware of differences in oral health. A few things changing in your mouth that you should be aware of-
Wearing down enamel
The chewing and grinding can impact your teeth over the years. It can lead to breakages, chips or other trauma. Teeth gradually worn down from continued use or from damage and the enamel cannot be naturally regained once lost.
If you grind or clench your teeth unconsciously, ask the dentist about a Mouthguard you can wear while sleeping to protect your teeth.
As you get older your mouth tends to dry out either naturally or due to certain medications. Saliva is important in oral care as it helps to wash away food particles and bacteria. It also keeps the soft tissues such as your tongue and gums.
When the mouth becomes dry, these tissues can get swollen and lead to wounds or infections. If your mouth dries naturally ensure to drink water regularly throughout the day and hold the water in the mouth to help wet the soft tissues.
The decline of gum health
Gums are important for the overall health of mouth as they provide sturdy anchoring for teeth and a protective barrier against oral bacteria. Smoking is a major threat to gum health as it decreases the immune system’s ability to fight infection. This can lead to gingivitis, gum disease and other issues.
To protect your gums-
- Brush with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day
- Floss at least once in a day
- Visit a dentist for regular check-ups
For senior’s dental care after the age of 50, visit the dentist more frequently. Get the regular oral cancer screenings which are painless and super-fast. If you find any bumps, lesions, swallowing issues, visit the dentist as soon as possible.