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Aging and Changes in Oral Health

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Zenith Smiles
Image of an older woman smiling, on a couch, and not been to the dentist for years. Aging changes all your body systems, and your oral system is not an exception. It is always important to be aware of the changes you may experience to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent common tooth issues. Here are some of the common oral health changes that are linked to aging:

Tooth Wear and Erosion

Over the years, your teeth may experience wear and erosion due to grinding or exposure to highly acidic foods and drinks. When your teeth wear down, you get a thinner enamel that is more vulnerable to sensitivity and cavities.

Dry Mouth

Your salivary gland function will decrease as you grow older, which can lead to a dry mouth. Reduced saliva flow will lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Medications that are prescribed to older adults can also lead to such issues.

Gum Changes

Aging also significantly affects your gums, such as a natural recession. Receding gums will expose your tooth roots, making them vulnerable to tooth sensitivity and decay. Also, older adults are more susceptible to gingival diseases.

Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is more common in older adults due to factors such as decay or gum disease. Missing teeth can impact functions such as speaking and chewing. In older adults, tooth loss is expected, and you can opt for various replacement methods, such as dentures or dental implants.

Oral Cancer Risk

The risk of oral cancer is higher as you grow older. It is crucial to have regular oral screenings during your regular dental check-ups. Early detection and treatment offer better results and ensure you recover quickly.

As you age, it is expected to experience various oral issues such as gum recession or tooth loss. You must regularly visit a dental expert who will inspect your oral health and ensure it is outstanding. Ensuring you stay hydrated and eating a balanced diet is also crucial. Here at our clinics, we are more than happy to have you visit at any time that is convenient for you. Make sure you ask us for more information about aging and oral health.

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