Our health care needs change as we grow older and so do our dental care needs. As you age, natural changes occur in your mouth and can put you at risk for dental issues. Regular dental care and good daily habits have always been important but may not have been enough to prevent some of the dental problems that happen as we age. Some of the issues to be aware of include:
A Decrease in Tooth Enamel
All of the chewing and grinding we do over the years puts wear and tear on our teeth, especially the enamel, which is the outer, protective layer of hard tissue on each tooth. To help lessen the erosion of the enamel, you need to break some bad habits such as chewing on ice or other hard items and clenching your teeth. You can also lessen a number of foods and drinks you consume that contain a lot of acids such as fruit juice, citrus fruits like oranges, coffee, and soda pop. You can substitute fruit juices for water or brush your teeth right away after consuming foods high in acid.
Eliminate Dry Mouth
Older adults tend to have dryer mouths due to certain medications they may be taking. Since saliva helps neutralize bacteria in your mouth, you need to keep your teeth as moist as possible by drinking plenty of water, at least nine glasses per day.
Gum disease is a real struggle for many people as they get older, especially if they have smoked cigarettes, cigars, or pipes over the years. Gum disease causes inflammation in the bone that holds your teeth in your mouth and can lead to the necessity of dentures. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to stop gum disease from happening as is quitting smoking.
At this point in time, it is imperative to keep all of your dental appointments for deep cleanings and X-rays to keep problems with your teeth at bay. Book your appointment today at Riverview Family Dental by calling 519-813-9090 or visiting http://www.riverviewfamilydentistry.com.