As you age, there may be a few things you’ll need to do to keep your teeth healthy. You see, several factors can influence your oral health, and as you age you’ll be more likely to be exposed to them. Luckily, there may be a few symptoms you can watch for and a few steps you can take to keep your teeth healthy.
One common issue you should avoid is actually gum disease. Naturally, we recommend dealing with gum disease as soon as possible, but you may be more vulnerable to this issue as you age. Luckily, gum disease is fairly easy to treat if you catch it early enough. We recommend scheduling an appointment with us if you think you have gum disease.
Dry mouth is another serious issue you should try to avoid. You see, if you have dry mouth, your mouth may not be producing enough saliva. While this may not seem like a serious issue, did you know that saliva can actually carry plaque and bacteria away from your teeth? In other words, saliva can help you avoid problems like gum disease and tooth decay. You may be more vulnerable to these issues because certain medications cause dry mouth. Since you’ll be more likely to take medications as you age, you’ll be more likely to have dry mouth.
Finally, have you been told that your teeth will fall out as you get older? In reality, you can stop your teeth from falling out, but gum disease and tooth decay will make you more vulnerable to tooth loss. Generally, you can avoid either of these issues by brushing and flossing. Following a diet with plenty of vitamin D or calcium can also help.
To learn more about keeping your teeth healthy, please feel free to give Gilbert Omido DDS, P.A. a call at 316-683-0440. Our dentist, Dr. Gilbert Omido, and our team at our office in Wichita, Kansas, are eager to receive your call soon.