Many people are living longer and healthier lives, but as we age, we do need to take better care of our bodies and our oral health. As we get older, our susceptibility to dental disease increases.
Higher Risk of Tooth Decay
The risk of tooth decay can increase with age because of dry mouth. Saliva is essential for keeping your mouth healthy and clean, but unfortunately, many of the medications prescribed as we age cause dry mouth as a side-effect. If this is a problem, ask your doctor if there are alternative medications that won’t cause this issue, and we can help you here at New Age Dental, providing expert care and advice to reduce this effect.
The phrase “long in the tooth” is often used to describe an older person as gum recession is frequently a problem associated with age. Gum recession often occurs because of poor oral hygiene, allowing plaque and tartar to build up around the gums, inflaming and infecting these tissues and causing gums to recede, so your teeth look longer. It’s a problem that is preventable with regular dental care including checkups and hygiene appointments.
New Age Dental provides preventative dental care plans customised for every patient and which will help you to age with a healthier smile.