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.
As your body ages, your teeth can also become more brittle, leaving them more likely to crack and chip. Either of these issues can also leave you more vulnerable to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Similarly, individuals with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have serious dental issues, such as gum disease or chronic bacterial infections.
We recommend scheduling regular appointments with our dentist, Dr. John Vellequette, 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 Smile Center Silicon Valley a call at 408-245-7500. We look forward to hearing from you!