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How Getting Older Affects Dental Health

May 28, 2022 10:52 pm

Your body, including your teeth and gums, can change with age. For example, as you get older you may experience:

Worn Teeth

Teeth are very strong, but after years of use, they can wear down. Nuts, ice, raw vegetables, and hard candy can fracture or chip the hard outer layer of your teeth, called enamel. And acidic beverages, like orange juice, can cause thinning of this layer. Thin enamel can result in sensitivity, yellowing, and rough tooth edges.

Gum Disease & Tooth Loss

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum tenderness, swelling, and redness are signs that your gums are irritated by a buildup of bacteria and the toxins they produce. You may also notice bleeding when you brush and floss. As gum disease worsens, the soft tissue pulls away from your teeth and increases your risk for infection, tooth decay, and eventually tooth loss.

You can protect yourself from dental disease and damage by:

  • Limiting sticky and sugary foods and beverages
  • Consuming a balanced diet
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Opening packaging with scissors instead of your teeth
  • Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing every day
  • Wearing an athletic mouthguard if you play sports
  • Wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth
  • Getting prompt restorative treatment for cavities, damaged teeth, and periodontal disease

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth occurs when your mouth can’t produce enough saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s natural rinse that aids in remineralization and reduces the accumulation of bacteria. When your mouth is too dry, you’re more likely to experience tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.

Many medications list dry mouth as a side effect. Dry mouth is also associated with tobacco use, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Please consult with our team and your primary healthcare provider about how to safely reduce your mouth dryness.

We Can Help Protect Your Dental Health!

As you get older, you may experience dental issues like worn-down teeth, dry mouth, gum disease, and tooth loss. At Advanced Dentistry of Nevada in Nevada, MO, we offer a suite of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services that can improve your oral health and enhance your smile’s function and appearance. If you have any questions about our services or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment with our team, please contact us today!

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