As you start to get older, you may notice a few changes in your mouth. Similarly, there are a few things you’ll need to do to keep if you’d like to keep your teeth healthy. You see, many factors can impact your oral health, and as you age you’ll be more likely to be exposed to a variety of them. Luckily, there are a few symptoms you can look for and a few things you can do to keep your teeth healthy.
One of the most common issues you should watch for is gum disease. Naturally, we suggest having gum disease treated as quickly as possible, but you might be more vulnerable to gum disease as you get older. Luckily, gum disease is quite easy to address if we’re able to recognize the problem early enough. We suggest setting up appointments with us if you’d like help dealing with gum disease.
You should also watch for signs of dry mouth. If you do have dry mouth, you might not produce enough saliva. This is a serious issue because you need saliva to carry plaque and bacteria away from your pearly whites. In other words, saliva can actually help you avoid other issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. As you age, you could be more susceptible to dry mouth because many medications could be the cause of it. Since you’ll be more likely to take more medications as you get older, you could be more susceptible to dry mouth.
Finally, if you’ve ever heard that you’ll lose teeth as you age, we have good news. There are several things you can do to keep your natural teeth as you age. Naturally, treating gum disease and tooth decay can help you avoid tooth loss. Luckily, you can typically avoid these problems by brushing and flossing well. Following a diet that includes enough vitamin D and calcium can also help keep your natural teeth.
To learn more about the protecting your teeth in Denver, Colorado, please don’t hesitate to call Thomas E. Ouellette, DDS, PC at 303-296-1402. Our dentist, Dr. Thomas Ouellette, and our team look forward to hearing from you.