Oral Health for Aging Adults
As we age, our bodies require extra attention and maintenance, even in our mouths. A lifetime of wear and tear takes its toll on aging teeth, but there are many other factors that influence oral health in aging adults that can be controlled with good habits.
Some diseases that become more common with age, such as diabetes, can impact oral health. Diabetes makes gum disease much more likely, which can cause tooth loss and make it more difficult to control blood sugar. Gum disease also increases a person’s risk of heart disease that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Medications taken for chronic illnesses can cause mouth dryness. Dry mouth may contribute to root decay and tooth loss over time. This condition might also make speech and swallowing difficult. It is especially important to seek treatment for dry mouth, as saliva helps to rebuild the enamel on teeth and control bacteria in the mouth.
Though the challenges of maintaining a healthy mouth while aging may seem daunting, Alabama Family Dentistry has suggestions that can help you take control of your oral health. With commitment to good habits, today’s aging adults are keeping more of their natural teeth for longer.
Brushing twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste will help to strengthen teeth and enamel as well as removing bacteria laden plaque. Using a fluoridated, antibacterial mouth rinse after brushing will boost this effect. Avoiding all tobacco will help to avoid oral cancers, tooth decay, discoloration and even heart disease.
One of the most important things that you can do to protect your oral health is to see a dentist regularly. Keeping up with dental cleanings helps prevent gum disease. Dental exams help with early detection of other problems within the mouth that have better chances of successful treatment when caught in a timely manner.
Alabama Family Dentistry is committed to helping you preserve your smile in the Birmingham area with four locations to serve you: Warrior Family Dentistry, Acton Road Family Dentistry, Gardendale Family Dentistry and Sumitron Family Dentistry. Please contact Alabama Family Dentistry staff with any questions or concerns or to make an appointment.