Aging And Your Teeth
While it is important for people of all ages to make sure they take proper care of their teeth, there are certain things that are more commonly prone to happen to your teeth as you age. With this in mind, you want to learn about some of the things that are exceptionally important for you to do as you age to avoid these issues from arising. Here are some dental tips to keep in mind as you enter a more mature age bracket:
Your teeth can naturally become darker in color: Everyone is at risk of teeth staining due to environmental factors, genetics, foods, drinks, a lack of proper dental care, time, and more. However, as you age, your teeth can also become darker due to the thinning of your enamel. This is on top of regular staining that you can expect to happen just due to regular use and normal wear and tear. In order to slow down the darkening of your teeth, you want to do what you can to prevent some of the enamel thinning that comes with age. Following your dentist's advice on adding more fluoride to your dental regimen can be helpful. Eating enough dairy and green, leafy vegetables can also help.
Your teeth can become more prone to tooth decay: Years' worth of normal wear and tear will cause your teeth to become more prone to tooth decay as time goes on. This is why making it to every one of your dental appointments is especially important as you age. Also, you want to be sure you are using the right dental care products, such as a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss after meals and a water pick before bedtime.
Bad breath can be a problem: As you age, you will more than likely be put on more medications that you need to take on a regular basis. Some of these medications can dry your mouth out, leading to bad breath. Also, health factors like acid reflux and diabetes can leave you more prone to dry mouth and bad breath. Discuss these concerns with your doctor and your dentist; there may be things they can suggest that can help or adjustments to your medications that can be made.
Gingivitis can become an issue: You can become more prone to developing gingivitis as you become older. If not treated correctly and right away, gingivitis can lead to full-blown gum disease which can become a health problem and can even lead to tooth loss. If you notice the beginning stages of gingivitis like redness, gum soreness, bleeding gums, bad breath, or anything else, then you want to see your dentist right away.
Contact a general dentistry office for additional advice.