Most people would say that many aspects of life change as we age, but the importance of taking care of your teeth never changes.
Whether you are 2 or 102 it is still important to visit the dentist at least twice per year. If you do this for your entire life, then chances are you won’t have major issues when you are older. It is true that as you age your mouth will change. Gum disease and other conditions become more of a risk.
Another common issue is the effects of medications. Studies have shown that the average person over the age of 65 has at least one chronic health issue. This means that they usually will be taking medication. Medications create a higher risk of getting gum disease or cavities. Diabetes can be a direct cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease. If you neglect your dental care, then it is even more likely that these oral health issues will affect you.
Often when people retire they will lose their dental insurance, which means that many older people start going to the dentist less as they age, and this should be the opposite. Medicare usually only covers procedures that are medically necessary.
Overtime while you age it is normal to see gum recession and/or experience dry mouth. These both mean that you are more likely to get cavities or gum disease since you don’t have as much saliva to wash bacteria away. The steps you can take to prevent oral health issues is very similar to when you are younger. First and foremost you should continue to visit the dentist twice per year. Keep up your oral hygiene habits. If you have implants, crowns, or dentures, you need to keep these in good condition and talk to your dentist if you have any questions or problems with these. It is also a good idea to buy dental insurance.
Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or issues and they should be able to help you. We want to help keep your teeth and mouth as healthy as possible no matter how old you are.