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How Oral Health Changes With Age

Thursday, June 13th 2019 | by 41 Southbar | Industry News

As you get older, it becomes even more important to take excellent care of your teeth and gums. This is because poor oral hygiene can lead to issues like gum disease, which can negatively affect your overall health. At an older age, we are more disposed to medical complications but it is possible to help prevent them with the tips from your Banbury dentist found later in this blog article.

Without essential oral hygiene maintenance as you grow older, you put yourself at risk of tooth loss. Of course, this is preventable with the appropriate care and regular general dentistry visits to your Banbury dentist or local practice.

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Will my age affect my oral health?

As we age, our bodies go through many changes, such as: bodily tissues becoming thinner, bones becoming weaker, cells renewing at a much slower rate and our bodies becoming less able to fight off infections and diseases. Each of these things puts us at a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and further medical problems which can become serious if left untreated.

Dry mouth is a common problem for older people, particularly those with particular health conditions or those who are taking certain medications and is caused from a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps to regulate the bacteria and acids that are found in your mouth day to day and without it, you can be susceptible to a number of further dental problems such as:

It is also likely that you will experience receding gums which can also cause a build up in bacteria, leading to infection and tooth decay. However, maintaining a good level of oral health and regularly removing this bacteria will significantly reduce the risk and severity of these issues.

 

Oral Health Tips For Older People From Your Banbury Dentist

Poor oral hygiene and a reduced level of oral health can create issues within older people that could ultimately lead to tooth loss. Whilst this is often expected as people get older, it is not always the case and there are a number of things that can be done to prevent this from happening. See below for our tips on maintaining your oral health as you get older:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Floss daily between all teeth
  • Book regular visits to see your hygienist
  • Treat any dental problems as soon as they arrive
  • Limit the amount of sugary and acidic foods and drinks consumed
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet
  • Regularly check your mouth for any signs of change and book an appointment with your dentist in Banbury if you noticed anything outside of the norm

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Sometimes, even with a good level or oral hygiene, patients experience tooth loss. When this happens, it is possible to replace any missing teeth with a dental bridge, dental implants or with dentures. This way you can maintain your smile at all times. Of course, with any of these tooth replacement treatments, it is highly recommended that you keep these clean with the methods recommended to your by your dental professional at the time of fitting.

 

Book Your Next Treatment With 41 South Bar Today

Whatever your age, you should be taking good care of your teeth and gums. If you’re looking for private dentistry in Banbury, look no further than 41 South Bar. Our expert team of professionals work to provide all our patients with the best possible care. We can provide a wide range of dentistry services from routine check-ups, through to dental implants and other, more specialist treatments. To book in with one of our medical professionals, call us today on 01295 262008 or visit our contact page.

 

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