Back in the day, it’s expected that when you age, you would also naturally lose your original teeth. Well that’s not the case. With dental health awareness, improved oral habits and the availability of advanced oral care tools, older adults today are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever and maintaining a perfect smile even after the age of 50.
First things first, let’s tackle the most common Oral Problems that adults face as they age. According to The Huffington Post, the most common dental health problems are the following:
Yes, kids aren’t the only ones who can get cavities. You’ll probably see them in places where you never had years ago. It’s common around old filling, close to the gums and near the root.
Tip: Increase fluoridation by switching to fluoride toothpaste or have your dentist prescribe you a stronger fluoride gel. Also, incorporate a fluoride rinse to your daily routine.
The older you get, the less saliva is being produced and saliva is important in preventing tooth decay. The calcium and phosphate in your saliva protects your teeth from demineralization. Aside from old age, certain medications can also cause dry mouth.
Tip: Increase hydration by sipping water all day. You can also stimulate saliva production by chewing sugar-free xylitol gum.
It’s the inflammation of gums that is caused by bacterial infection. If not treated, it can lead to major and more serious dental problems and tooth loss.
Tip: With good oral care habits and regular dental visits, this can be prevented.
As you age, your risk for Oral Cancer (and other types of Cancer) increases.
Tip: As cliché as it sounds, quit smoking because tobacco in any form can lead to Oral and Throat Cancer.
Your teeth gradually shifts as you get older – which means that during the late stages of your life, you may experience overcrowding teeth. You’ll notice that food easily gets stuck between teeth and you’ll have a harder time flossing.
Tip: Check with your dentist or an orthodontist if it is necessary for you to use a retainer, spacer or braces.
Always keep in mind that dental health is crucial for overall health so it requires full attention just like the other parts of your body. The key to a healthy mouth and teeth are regular dental visits and good oral care habits.