Dental health is one of those things that you likely thought a lot about when you were younger, but as you grew into adulthood it fell into the realm of habit. It became second nature to do what you always had when it came to taking care of your teeth – however rigorous or less effective that dental hygiene routine might be. But as you age, all of the various parts of your health, dental health included, need a second look and greater attention. Read on to learn about the dental health challenges that people face as they age and how you might avoid or overcome them.
Teeth naturally wear over the years, even if you don’t have other issues, like gum disease or tooth decay. When teeth are missing, it can lead to bone loss and cause the remaining teeth to shift. All of these factors can make it more difficult to eat since they impact chewing ability. Regular dental check-ups are the best way to catch problems early before teeth break or fall out (or have to be removed). If you have missing teeth, implants or dentures are a good solution to prevent further damage.
As we age, many adults experience a decrease in saliva production. Saliva plays a vital role in preventing decay by washing away bacteria and keeping acidity down. Dry mouth can contribute to other dental issues. Drinking more water or using over-the-counter solutions may help, or your dentist might prescribe a different regime. Limiting alcohol and tobacco use might also help.
Tooth decay can be exacerbated by many of the other conditions listed here. Tooth decay can be prevented with a good oral care routine, and it can be treated by your dentist. Don’t let your dental decay get so bad that you risk losing your teeth or having to have a root canal. Adjusting your diet to limit acidic or sugary foods and include more calcium-rich ones might help prolong the life of your teeth.
Tooth sensitivity is especially common for older adults since time and other dental issues can contribute to wearing down the enamel. Receding gums and worn enamel are the most common, non-decay causes of sensitivity. Using a different, softer toothbrush might help, as might fluoride treatments.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, can lead to tooth loss and further gum issues and it is more common in older adults. A good oral care routine is key to preventing gum disease, and if you do have it, getting specialized treatment is a must.
Catonsville Dental Care Is The Best Choice for Your Dental Health
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.