Hello and Happy New Year!!! We hope you enjoyed your holidays with your loved ones, and we wish you a year will be filled with health, happiness, and joy!
Sometimes as we age we become more relaxed about our dental care when in reality we should be just as concerned (or even more concerned)! As we get older, the overall structure of our mouths can change, and our overall health can change especially if we contract a disease and need to take medications. Both of these things can have an impact on our mouth, and for that reason we have to be more mindful, and take the necessary steps to avoid any possible dental problems.
Depending on the disease, we may have to take medications. Many side effects of prescription drugs include dry mouth. With less saliva production, there is an increase of decay in the mouth which can lead to more cavities. This is just one of many examples of how a medication can affect your teeth. Any time you are prescribed anything by your doctor, make sure to ask about the possible side effects. If they produce changes in your mouth, then you will need to discuss it with your dental provider. It is also even more crucial to brush twice a day, floss, and see the dentist twice a year or more if needed. Proper communication with your dentist and ensuring to take the necessary steps to care for your teeth can make all the difference in your dental health.
As we age, the structure in our mouths and teeth can also change. When this happens, we may not be happy with the way our teeth look, but there is more to this problem than just looks. What causes our teeth to shift? Gravity does! You see, with aging our skin droops and the upper lip gets longer. When the dental arches of the upper and lower jaw crowd and narrow, the teeth get more crowded. When this happens, we lose facial support. This crowding process can make it more difficult to clean your teeth, and if your teeth cannot be cleaned properly, decay can occur. If this is a concern of yours, discuss it with your dentist. Gum recession is also a common problem as we age. The main cause of this is inadequate oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing can prevent this, but it we are unable to brush properly then it could eventually lead to gum recession. Again, if this is something that you are experiencing, be sure to talk it over with your dentist.
You cannot become too relaxed with your dental care as time goes on. Be sure to brush twice or more a day, floss, and see the dentist twice a year (or more if needed). During the appointment, make sure to keep your provider well informed of changes in your oral health as well as your overall health, and any new medications that you are taking as all of these things can have an impact on your teeth. Remember that early detection can equate to an easier fix, which could also be less costly to you! So as you age, be sure to keep up with your dental hygiene. It is more important than you think!
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