The Life of Your Smile - How Does Age Affect Your Teeth
As you get older, your dental health will change because of everyday wear and tear. Each day, your teeth must bite and chew food and are subjected to temperature changes, as you sip on a cooling drink or have a hot meal. You can’t stop time, but there is a lot you can do to ensure your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible.
One of the biggest problems with ageing is a condition called dry mouth and which is a frequent side-effect of prescription medication. Without the protective effect of saliva, your risk of tooth decay and gum disease increases. There are ways you can reduce this impact by ensuring you drink lots of water and swish it around your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. Other tips include sucking sugar-free sweets and chewing sugar-free gum. Also, we can talk to you about saliva substitutes to help your mouth feel more comfortable.
The best way to care for your dental health is to ensure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and it is essential to floss every day. Make sure you come and see us here at Dr Smile for regular checkups and cleanings, and if you smoke, try to quit. With proper care, your teeth should last for life.