As we get older, it’s even more important to take good care of our oral health. After all, we have just one set of teeth—and they need to last us a lifetime.
According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, about three-quarters of adults over age 60 are missing some of their teeth. Another alarming statistic: Almost 25 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have gum disease, which can lead to more tooth loss. It’s also important to note that those who have poor oral health are at increased risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
As you age, it’s even more important to stay on top of regular visits to your Elk Grove Village dentist. Talk about any oral health concerns you might have. Let’s take a look in more detail at some of these.
A lifetime of poor oral health and an unhealthy diet make people susceptible to gum disease. It often presents with no symptoms, so it’s important to visit your dentist regularly. The early stages of gum disease are reversible—as long as you seek treatment from your dentist.
Diabetes typically occurs in older adults because of an unhealthy diet. Those who suffer from this disease are at a higher risk of developing gum disease.
Many older people take medications on a regular basis, and dry mouth is frequently a side effect. The biggest concern with dry mouth is increased susceptibility of tooth and root decay, both of which can lead to infections and tooth loss.
Just because people are more prone to oral health problems with age doesn't mean you have to experience them. Visiting your Elk Grove Village dentist regularly and practicing good home care can go a long way to keeping your mouth healthy. If you are due for a checkup, give us a call today!