As you age, it can become more difficult to care for your body. However, did you know that it can also be more difficult to care for your oral health as you age? Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do—and should know—to better care for your teeth as you age.
If you’re older, you’ll be more vulnerable to dry mouth than you were when you were younger. You see, many people take more medications as they age. Certain medications can leave you more vulnerable to dry mouth. If you have this issue, your mouth may not be able to produce enough saliva, leaving you more vulnerable to bad bacteria, tooth decay, and bad breath.
As your body ages, your teeth can also become more brittle, leaving them more likely to crack and chip. Either of these issues can also leave you more vulnerable to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Similarly, individuals with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have serious dental issues, such as gum disease or chronic bacterial infections.
Please don’t hesitate to give Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry a call at (505) 327.0044 if you have more questions about the effects age has on your teeth. Dr. Ryan H. Wilson and our team will be glad to inspect your pearly whites and help you decide on how you may be able to keep your pearly whites strong. We’re excited to meet with you.