Old Age And Oral Hygiene: Taking Care Of An Aging Mouth.
(ThySistas.com) Old age will affect us all, and we all know the usual signs of the aging process. For instance, our body grows older and becomes a lot more frail and weak compared to what it once was. Our immune system also feels the strain in our later years, and we are affected a lot more by various conditions and ailments. But were you also aware that your mouth is also greatly affected by growing older? In order to maintain your bright smile, you will need to start working harder at looking after your teeth and overall oral hygiene. So, if you are prepared to change your lifestyle to ease the aging process, such as working out more and eating healthily, why not start to change things with your oral hygiene? That way, you are ensuring each and every part of your body is prepared for the whole aging process!
Prepare For Old Age
We all prepare for old are and our senior years from very early on in our lives. After all, we pay into a pension to ensure we have a nice little nest egg to help us afford retirement. We also ensure that we eat healthily, so our body stays in good shape throughout our whole life. But are you doing enough to prepare your teeth and gums for later in your life? It not, you need to start doing so now! That means making sure you are doing as much as you can to keep your teeth healthy, such as brushing twice a day and flossing. You should also try and prevent as much damage to the enamel on your teeth as possible. That way, they will stay as healthy as possible for a very long time!
Get Ready For Changes
Unfortunately, your mouth and oral health will undergo certain changes as you get older. Not all of these are reversible. But don’t worry, we all undergo these changes, so don’t think that they mean your dental hygiene is any worse than anyone else’s! One of the biggest changes that most people notice is darkened teeth. If you have been eating certain foods that stain teeth your whole life, you will notice this a lot more compared to someone who doesn’t. As we age, we often need to take a variety of medications. Some of these medications can also cause our oral health to change. For instance, some medications include dry mouth and a loss of taste in their list of side effects. Don’t panic if you suffer from these side effects; simply speak to your dentist, as there may be some other medication that can counter the effects.
Unfortunately, you may lose a few teeth as you get older. There is little that can be done about this, as it is all down to our age. Even if your teeth were in perfect condition throughout your entire life, you might still end up a few teeth short once you hit retirement age! Thankfully, your dentist will be able to prevent this from being quite as noticeable by suggesting dentures. Most dentists are able to offer dentures to their patients; if yours does not, he or she will no doubt be able to refer you to a denture specialist. It is possible to get dentures that replace just a couple or teeth or all of your teeth. Whichever you choose will depend on the current state of teeth in your mouth.
Visit Your Dentist
It is important that you continue to visit your dentist regularly, even in old age. Ideally, you need to see them every six months. This way, your dentist can check up on your overall oral health, and make sure that you aren’t suffering from any gum disease. Even if you now wear dentures, you should still see your dentist as regularly as possible so that he can make sure your gums are still in a good condition. Just because you no longer have your own teeth doesn’t mean that your gums are at a reduced risk of certain conditions!
As you can see, your overall dental habits and oral hygiene continue to be important well into old age. Making sure that your aging mouth is as healthy as possible will greatly reduce your risk of certain painful conditions. To make sure that you don’t suffer too much in your later years, it is a good idea to start taking excellent care of your teeth and gums right now. Keep on brushing and seeing your dentist!
Staff Writer; Jill Love