Can Aging Affect Oral Health? Yes! While any age can struggle with tooth decay, each year brings with it wear and tear on each tooth. Damage and decay may happen as the tooth enamel wears away with age. A person’s mouth changes with age. Teeth become less sensitive to cavities as the nerves inside the teeth can become smaller. It is also possible to lose a little bone as the teeth shift, which may make gums recede. Age-related health concerns can have a direct impact on oral health. Diabetes is one such health concern that can put seniors at a greater risk for dental problems because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums.
Teeth and gums need constant care if you want to continue good oral health as you age. We have a few suggestions to consider:
- Brush regularly. Make brushing count. If you have difficulty standing at the sink, take your toothbrush, a bowl, a towel and a cup of water to a table and comfortably sit.
- A soft bristle toothbrush is a good choice. If you have trouble gripping the toothbrush, either try a child-sized toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Choose what fits best for you.
- Keep a moist mouth. Lack of saliva may make eating difficult while causing bad breath and raise your risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Drink more water and try chewing sugarless gum.
- Regular dental checkups are a must! The health of your mouth is tied to the health throughout the rest of your body; it’s called the mouth and body connection.
A healthy mouth is important regardless of your age, but vital for seniors. Call our office to schedule your next appointment soon!