Oral Issues You Need To Be Aware Of As You Get Older
As we get older, our bodies go through various changes that can sometimes lead to other health issues. The same situation happens in your mouth, although many people are not aware of differences in their oral health until something drastic happens.
Today we’re sharing the changes in your mouth that you should be aware of as you age.
Worn down enamel: Over time your teeth are gradually worn down from continued use or from damage, and this erosion diminishes the enamel, which cannot be naturally regained once it’s lost. To combat enamel loss, be aware of habits that may be speeding up damage done to your teeth and try to stop them as soon as possible.
Dry mouth: Many people find that as they get older, their mouth tends to dry out, either naturally or due to certain medications. Saliva is essential in oral care as it helps to wash away food particles and bacteria. Without this cleansing action, the amount of bacteria-related issues and infections you can get increases exponentially.
Decline of gum health: Your gums are extremely important to the overall health of your mouth as they provide sturdy anchoring for your teeth and provide a protective barrier against oral bacteria entering the body. Over time, your gums can be exposed to damage in various ways and, without proper care, can grow weak and possibly diseased.Gum disease can become more prevalent as you age, especially if you have not been carrying out a vigilant teeth-cleaning regime.
Increased risk of oral cancer: As is the case with many types of cancer, the risk of getting oral cancer increases with age. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, most people diagnosed with oral cancers are over the age of 55, and men historically have been twice as likely to get it as women. Age is not the only risk factor associated with oral cancers – smoking, using tobacco products, infections associated with HPV, alcohol abuse, and other factors often play a role in developing various kinds of cancer.
Taking all of this into account, it’s important to regularly visit your dentist as grow older, ideally making more frequent visits after the age of 50, or at least as often as recommended by your dental professional. Call today to schedule an appointment and let’s discuss ways to preserve your dental health through the years.