As we age, our bodies undergo different changes. As a result, we have to take extra care of our health. This also includes extra care when It comes to dental health, as you may be at risk for certain dental problems. Some problems to be aware of are tooth and root decay and gum disease.
Senior adults can sometimes suffer from dry mouth due to side effects of medications they may be using to treat their heart, kidney, liver etc. Saliva is an essential to neutralize the bacteria and acids in your mouth. When you have dry mouth, there is less saliva available and it can leave you to expose your teeth to more damage over time.
Gum disease is also another problem to be aware of. It actually affects 25% of adults from the ages 65 to 74 years old, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. If gum disease is left untreated, it can eventually lead to gingivitis or serious periodontitis.
With age comes wisdom, so remember to be wise and stay on top of your oral health! To avoid problems, continue regular check-ups with your dental professional. Cleanings from your dentist can help to remove difficult plaque and tartar buildup, which can eventually lead to gum disease. Make sure to also brush twice a day with a soft brush and continue to stay hydrated!
For more questions about senior dental care in Richmond Hill, contact us at ToothMatters.
– Dr. Gao