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.
Furthermore, as you age, your teeth may be more likely to crack because they can become more vulnerable. Similarly, if your teeth become brittle, they’ll also be more likely to chip. A chipped or cracked tooth can lead to a number of other complications, including gum disease and tooth decay because you may not be able to clean bacteria from your teeth effectively. Similarly, individuals with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have more serious dental issues, such as gum disease or chronic bacterial infections.
We recommend scheduling regular appointments with our dentist, Dr. Thomas E. Wold, if you’re interested in avoiding these issues. Practicing good oral hygiene is also extremely important. To learn more about the care you can receive from our team, please don’t hesitate to give Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry a call at 541.389.1301. We look forward to hearing from you!