Oral changes with age
Can tooth loss be avoided in the later years?
Teeth loss, along with aging, is actually a huge concern. Tooth loss occurs because of oral health diseases like tooth decay and gum disease. Both the factors are inevitable. Patients can keep the health of their natural teeth by following some oral health tips. As per the American Family Physician (AFP), to keep your natural teeth in good shape, you should follow steps like community water fluoridation, make use of advanced dental technology, and dedicate yourself to oral hygiene.
National survey finds that baby boomers miss links between oral and overall health.
Baby boomers who check for signs of adult-onset diseases often miss the symptoms in their mouth that may be pointing towards the overall health problems. A survey conducted reveals that 63% of baby boomers with certain dental problems or symptoms had no idea that it could indicate dangerous health conditions linked to the oral condition. When they fail to identify these links, time by time, it affects their oral health in a negative way.
How to prevent tooth loss?
These steps can help prevent tooth loss to an extent:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss between your teeth at least once a day.
- Visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings.
- Get your fluoride in the form of toothpaste, mouth rinses, and fluoridated tap water. You can also get fluoride treatments to prevent tooth-root decay.
- Prevent dry mouth and stay hydrated all the time. If it's the medication causing the issue, then talk about it with your dentist.
- Do not hurt your tooth enamel while whitening your teeth. Do it carefully!
If you want to learn more about tooth loss and aging, call Jeanne V. Devi, DDS Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Pasadena, California, at (626) 795-2544 to schedule an appointment.