Pearls of Wisdom: Adult Dental Health and the Effects of Aging

dental healthGiven all the chewing, gnashing, crunching, biting and talking they do, teeth are surprisingly resilient. However, every day wear-and-tear and the aging process take a toll on your pearly whites, even with a decent oral hygiene regimen.

With that, here’s what can happen to your teeth as you age—and what you can do to keep them strong and sparkling for a lifetime.

Reduced Saliva Production

Saliva helps break down the food you eat. It also helps keep your whole mouth clean and healthy, as the saliva helps fight bacteria and keeps plaque from building up. As you age, however, the mouth produces less saliva. Having dry mouth can affect your oral health as well as your ability to taste properly.

To avoid having dry mouth, always keep yourself hydrated, and follow your dentist’s advice on proper oral care.

Gum Disease

The most common reason for tooth loss in adults is gum disease, not the aging process. The risk for periodontal disease increases as you age. Your gum line will likely form pockets where bacteria can grow and thrive. Left untreated, these bacterial infections can cause inflammations, damage connective tissues, and even cause bone damage, which ultimately leads to tooth loss.

BlueskyDentist.com says that aside from the recommended oral care regimen, it is best to visit your dentist for a regular check-up at least twice a year.

Wear-and-Tear

As you age, certain body parts and functions begin to deteriorate, and the teeth are no exception. With all the grinding, cutting, mashing, and other movements, however, the teeth are, for the most part, resilient against cracks and chips. They may or may not become brittle with age; it’s what you subject them to that affects their life. Improper biting, teeth grinding, or clenching, and a lot of other movements will affect your oral health.

The best approach to this problem is to avoid chewing very hard food, and visiting your dentist regularly. If wear-and-tear has already taken its toll, there are treatments that can restore the teeth’s natural functionality.

Dental care starts when you’re young and continues well into your adult years. Practise proper oral care and you can keep your smile beautiful and strong—a smile that can last a lifetime.

Posted on by Tsfp6 in Healthy Times

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