The reality is that with age the risk of experiencing a variety of oral health related issues begins to rise. You may start to experience things such as…
1. Your Teeth Slowly Become Darker in Color
Most of the time the reason why your teeth change in color is because the amount of dentin in your teeth changes. Dentin is basically a bone like form of tissue that you find underneath the tooth enamel. Another reason why your teeth may change color is because of you consuming all sorts of terrible stain causing foods and drinks over your lifetime.
With your enamel getting damaged, it will result in your dentin showing through which happens to be a dark yellow in color.
2. Your Mouth Begins To Become Dry
The main reason for having a dry mouth as you get older is because you have less saliva being produced. This may be as a result of taking medication of which the side effects include getting dry mouth.
3. Your Sense of Taste Isn’t as Sharp as it Used to Be!
Naturally as you get older you will begin to notice that your sense of taste isn’t what it used to be and this is very normal. But another reason may be because of disease, medication and the fact that you wear dentures.
4. The Roots of Your Teeth are Starting To Rot Away
The main reason for this condition is the fact that your roots have been exposed to acids which slowly but surely rot away your roots. As you age your gums begin to recede which exposes the roots of your teeth which makes it easier for the acids from your food and drink to attack your roots.
5. You’re Starting to Get Gum Disease
Gum disease is mainly caused by plaque and it is made even worse by you not cleaning your teeth properly which means that food remains stuck in your teeth. Other things that can cause gum disease include smoking, dentures that don’t fit properly, poor quality diet, and even other diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
6. You’re Losing Teeth
The main effect of gum disease is that you will begin to lose teeth!
7. Developing an Uneven Jawbone
The main cause of an uneven jawbone is you losing teeth and then not getting these teeth replaced which results in your other teeth moving into strange positions to fill the gaps.
The truth is that age on its own shouldn’t really have an effect on your oral health. But with age a lot of people are going to experience things such as arthritis which can mean that you will find it a lot harder to do things such as brush and floss properly.
Of course taking medication can also affect your oral health which could result in you needing to get the appropriate dental treatment.
> Tips For Maintaining Good Oral Health as a Senior
Although important throughout your life it is going to be even more important as you get older and that is to make sure that you brush and floss at least twice a day every single day! This will ensure that you give your mouth the best chance to stay in great condition.
The reality is that plaque builds up a lot faster on an older persons teeth and not cleaning your teeth properly will just result in you getting problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.
To ensure that your oral health is perfect you need to implement the following things into your life…
1. Brush twice a day with quality toothpaste that contains fluoride
2. Ensure that you floss at least once per day, ideally at the end of the day
3. Visit your dentist at least once every 6 months to ensure that your teeth are in good health and that you get a good cleaning.
On top of these 3 main points I’d also highly recommend that you get yourself a good mouth rinse which studies have shown to radically reduce the amount of plaque that is on your teeth and therefore reduce the chances that you end up getting something like gum disease.
> What To Expect When You Visit the Dentist as a Senior
If you happen to be an older person going to the dentist then they should do two things. First is to conduct a proper history analysis and then they should do a dental exam.
During the history analysis the following questions will be asked…
1. When did you last visit a dentist and what was the reason for the visit
2. Have you noticed any significant changes happening in your mouth
3. Do you have any teeth that are particularly sensitive or loose?
4. Do you have any difficulties when it comes to tasting, chewing or swallowing?
5. Do you have any pain that you experience in your mouth and if so where?
Once your dental history has been checked your dentist will move onto the oral exam where they will check the following things…
- Your face and neck
- Your jaw
- Your bite
- Your salivary glands and lymph nodes
- The inside of your cheeks
- Your tongue
- Your teeth
If you happen to be wearing dentures then your dentist will also ask you how many hours a day you wear your dentures and if you ever take them out.
> Getting Financial Aid For Dental Treatment
If you happen to be an older person who is struggling financially then it may very well be possible to sign up to the many programs out there that actually mean that you will pay far less for treatment than usual.
Be sure to check with your dentist on what programs are available.
So there you have it a short and super simple guide to making sure that you look after your teeth as a senior citizen!