Aging Mouth Teeth Care

Aging Mouth Teeth Care

six myths about old age

  • That it’s a disease, a disaster
  • That we are mindless
  • That we are sexless
  • That we are useless
  • That we are powerless.
  • That we are all alike
What ever but “Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” says Betty Friedan I agree with Betty Friedan.

Health remains a concern in old age and one has to care for AGING MOUTH along with other health issues

Aging isn’t always pretty, and mouth is no exception. In previous times say a century ago, dental care was not having the same importance as to-day. Today, three-quarters of people over 65 retain at least some of their natural teeth, but older people still suffer higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, oral cancer, mouth infections, and tooth loss. In modern times with all facilities available in Dentistry, one can still do a lot to keep the mouth healthy. Teeth, gums and the rest of the oral cavity needs extra care to stay healthy in later years when one is aging.

Teeth are amazingly strong. During the lifetime of crunching, bitting, and grinding, the outer layer of teeth’s protective enamel is lost and the biting edges are flattened. Tooth surfaces are also affected by exposure to acidic foods. Weakened enamel can lead to more serious dental problems.  Nerves at the tooth’s core lose sensitivity with age, the problem may be well advanced before you notice any pain. If an infection develops, you could need a root canal procedure or even lose the tooth entirely. So aging adds so many weaknesses to our teeth.

This is true that much cannot be undone by natural wear and tears of teeth surface, but cavity prevention can be reduced if not prevented by regular Brushing, Flossing. Tooth enamel can be protected and rebuild by using Fluoride Toothpaste.

Another problem is yellowing of teeth over the years. This is because of the enamel itself getting stained by coffee, tea, chewing tobacco and smoking. Red wine is also one of the reason. Whitening toothpaste and rinses can temporarily lift superficial stains but there is not a permanent solution.The regular visit to Dentist can keep your smile shining.

As with many cancers, the risk of developing an oral cavity cancer increases with age and tobacco use.  Most lip cancer tumors grow on the lower lip, and men are much more likely to be affected than women. The best way is to avoid the use of Tobacco in life and total ban in aging times.

Age brings more health problems. There may be multiple health problems and these multiple medications have a detrimental effect on Oral Health.

The good health of the aging mouth is linked to the health of the rest of the body. There’s mounting evidence of an association between gum inflammation and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory problems, all of which are more prevalent in later life. Scientists postulate that bacteria from gum infections travel through the bloodstream to trigger inflammation in organs and tissues at distant sites.

Eating Healthy food with essential nutrients including iron, vitamin A, C and D, calcium and protein is good for keeping healthy Teeth.

Dry mouth causes so many problems in old age. Sliva is essential for keeping dangerous bacterias away. Consult your dentist for his advise for good sprays or sugarless candies to reduce dry mouth.

The aging process results in changes in Dental Health. But by following few tips as mentioned above and visiting dentist regularly, one can have vibrant and shining teeth.

Reference-Health Harvard

Brush your teeth everyday, To keep dentist away.

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