No matter what your age, a strong oral hygiene routine is vital to keeping teeth healthy, and smiles bright. Nonetheless, as we age there are a number of oral health conditions that people should be aware of.
Everyone loves a bright and healthy smile, but as we get older there are a number of oral health issues that could arise. Here are a few conditions to be aware of, and some actions you can take, in order to keep your smile healthy as you get older.
Because periodontal disease, (also called gum disease), progresses slowly and gradually, it can cause damage without you even realizing it. Periodontal disease can damage your jawbone and gums, and if left untreated could even lead to loose teeth or tooth loss.
Not only that, some other health conditions associated with periodontal disease include diabetes, respiratory problems, heart disease, and stroke.
Watch for these signs of periodontal disease:
- changes in the way dentures fit
- bad breath
- bad taste in the mouth
- tender or swollen gums
- receding gums
- loose teeth
- bite changes
If you have any of the symptoms listed above schedule an appointment to visit your dentist.
The key to preventing periodontal disease is a strong oral health routine that includes brushing thoroughly twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings twice yearly.
Remember that a healthy mouth may help to protect your overall health, so a strong oral hygiene routine can benefit more than just your smile.
Dry mouth is a fairly common condition in older adults. It occurs when the salivary glands are unable to make sufficient saliva to keep the mouth moist. A number of medications can cause dry mouth, as can radiation therapy to the head or neck.
Those who suffer from dry mouth have increased risk of tooth decay.
Speak to your dentist if you think you may be suffering from dry mouth. Your dentist can suggest strategies to help you deal with this issue, and help you to protect your teeth from the effects of dry mouth.
Those of us who smoke already know that there are countless reasons to quit, your dental health is yet another good reason. Smoking can stain your teeth yellow or even brown over time. If you want to keep your smile bright and your teeth white now's the time to quit smoking. If your teeth are already discoloured from the affects of tobacco visit your dentist to find out about whitening treatments that can help.
It's important to note that oral cancer can be difficult to detect in its early stages, and adults who smoke or chew tobacco have an increased risk of developing oral cancer. If you use tobacco, visit your dentist regularly for oral cancer screenings to protect your overall health as well as your oral health.
Restoring a Healthy Smile
Often, as we age our smile just doesn't look as healthy as it once did. If you're looking to restore the look and function of your smile there are a number of effective restorative treatments available from your dentist. Veneers, dental bonding, crowns and bridges are all available to help make your smile bright again.