The ageing mouth and how to keep it younger- Dental Problems for People over 50
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. While these problems are nothing to smile about you can still do a lot to keep your mouth looking and feeling younger than its years.
Have you noticed that your sparkling smile has dimmed over the years? This change is due to the yellowing of the dentin inside the tooth which can show through your enamel especially as it thins or cracks with age. This enamel itself gets stained by coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco. Before whiting your teeth, it is best to talk with our dentist.
Dry mouth is more common in older age is because it is a side effect of many medications or auto immune diseases. This can cause bad breath, a sticky feeling in your mouth and a hard time swallowing. When saliva is low, it’s easy for harmful bacteria to proliferate, leaving your mouth at risk including cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, burning mouth syndrome, difficulty swallowing and problems with taste. It can often be relieved by increasing the amount of water throughout the day, chewing sugar free gum or good oral hygiene can combat these problems along with home care products suitable for you.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and if left untreated can turn into periodontitis which can lead to bone loss, infection and loss of teeth. This is easily prevented with regular hygiene visits and dental care at home.
Cavities may become more common around old fillings, close to the gums near the root which can become soft and more exposed. Regular dental visits and possibly a boost in fluoride will help prevent tooth decay.
The chance of having oral cancer rises as a person gets older and the best defence is early detection which we can do at your regular check-up.
With age, teeth can shift as the muscles and jaw bone change or due to missing teeth. There are a wide variety of dental treatment options and solutions available at Chatswood Dental Centre
Wear and tear
Gum tissue naturally recedes with age, so the root tissue becomes exposed. Adults who grew up before fluoride and sealants often have fillings from childhood or adolescence that eventually break down and need to be replaced. Here at Chatswood Dental Centre we can rejuvenate your ageing smile!
The mouth-body connection
The wellbeing of your mouth is tied to the health of the rest of the body. There is association between gum inflammation and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory problems all of which are more prevalent in later life.
The key to healthy teeth and mouth are regular dental visits for preventive care. People who keep up their dental care and healthy dental habits enjoy a beautiful smile well into their golden years. Call Chatswood Dental Centre on 9412 3805 today!