Caring For Your Oral Health As You Age
There is a certain misconception that would have patients believing that losing your teeth at an older age is inevitable. When thinking back to the time of our grandparents and earlier, that might have been more accurate. Dental care from years ago was not what it is today. Modern dentistry, technology and the awareness of our oral health makes it possible to keep your teeth for the rest of your life if they are cared for properly.
As good as modern dentistry is, the fact remains that, like the rest of your body, your teeth change as you become older. You are more susceptible to gum disease, and the nerves in the teeth can shrink. This desensitizes your mouth to problems such as cavities or other issues that would have previously caused discomfort. This is one of the reasons that we are adamant that our patients visit our office every six months for a hygiene examination.
Medication Side Effects
As you age, it is important to maintain your oral health for many reasons. One in particular is the effect that illnesses and medications can have on your teeth. Unfortunately, aging isn’t always a graceful process, and problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are commonly diagnosed. One of the side effects of a large number of medications is increased tooth decay or dental issues. Be sure to tell our team about any medication you are taking long term.
Caring For an Older Family Member
At some point, you might find yourself needing to care for an elderly parent or family member and you will become responsible for their oral health. It is extremely important to be sure that they are brushing and cleaning their teeth properly twice a day. If you are caring for someone with dentures, remember to ask if they are experiencing any problems with the hardware. If they are not forthcoming when asked, you can monitor by watching how they eat their food. If they are experiencing difficulty chewing or not eating as much, they might need to have their dentures checked in our office.
If you have not visited our office located in Baldwinsville, NY within the past six months, we encourage you to schedule your next appointment today. As always, please call us with any concerns that you might have about yourself or a loved one as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you in our office again soon.