Oral Health and Advanced Age

Good oral health is awesome, but that doesn’t mean it will always last eternally. As people age, their mouths tend to decay faster and require more upkeep, neck muscles atrophy, taste buds become less sensitive and the tooth nerves shrink, making it harder to notice tooth pain or gum disease. If you’re elderly and visiting the dentist only infrequently, oral health difficulties may develop and lead to irreparable damages before they can be treated.

If you’re concerned about aging and dental health, there are some things you should be aware of:

-Brushing teeth regularly is more important than ever. Because gums and teeth become more difficult to feel, you’ve got to be on your best behavior to ward off gum disease and tooth decay.

-Kids aren’t the only ones to get cavities! Adults get just as many cavities than children do, so ensure you’re flossing every day to get rid of bacteria-feeding debris from your mouth.

-Keep an eye out for dry mouth. Several medicines can result in dry mouth.

Are you reaching an advanced age and concerned about your oral health? Our Venice, Florida, dental office can help address your concerns. Call 941-497-4997 now to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce and our team at Velasquez-Pierce Family Dentistry. See you soon!

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