Aging and Dental Health: How to Maintain a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

Aging is a slow process that is inevitable. As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, some subtle, some more visible. 

In this article, we’re looking into how aging affects dental health and how you can maintain the healthy smile you deserve. 

How Aging Affects Your Dental Health

As you age, the rate at which your cells renew slows down. Because of this, tissues become thinner, losing their elasticity, and bone density is reduced. These changes also affect the health of your gums and teeth. 

In addition, aging can also adversely impact your immune system. This increases your risk of oral infections and other dental issues and increases the time it takes you to heal. 

Therefore, if you want to maintain your smile, it is important to take preventive measures at the right time. You can discuss with your dentist to learn more about what preventive treatments and procedures can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. 

Common Age-Related Oral Health Problems 

Gum Disease

This includes early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) and advanced gum disease (periodontitis). 

Tooth Cavities and Decay

Tooth cavities and decay are caused by plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth.

Mouth Sores or Abrasions

Mouth sores and abrasions occur more often as we age. In addition to being painful, they can also be an early symptom of chronic diseases like oral cancer.

How to Maintain Your Oral Health 

  • Brush twice a day. Make sure you use a brush with soft bristles and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss at least once a day. This will prevent plaque buildup in difficult-to-reach areas such as between the teeth.
  • If you are wearing dental appliances like dentures, clean them regularly.
  • Quit smoking and chewing tobacco. This can increase your chances of dental issues.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water each day and limit your intake of sugary drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, at least every six months.

At All Care Dentistry, Dr. David Powell, DDS, offers expert dental care services for patients of all ages. For more details or to schedule an appointment, call (801) 266-1414 or book on our website. You can also find us at 6065 S Fashion Blvd # 275, Murray, Salt Lake City, UT 84107. 

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