Oral Care for the Ageing People
There is a well known saying that “as older you get the bolder you get” but that’s not the case with your teeth. The wear and tear your teeth go through in everyday life take a toll on them, making them prone to dental problems like cavities, tooth loss and also gum disease. But there is a lot you can do to keep them in great shape. Simple rules which are given below if followed diligently will ensure that you’ll have lots to smile about as the birthday candles pile up on your cake.
Try and reduce Wear and Tear
Your teeth are very strong, infact the enamel your teeth is the strongest natural substance. Still, they can be worn down. All that chewing, grinding, and biting wears away the enamelie. that hard, outer layer of your teeth. It also flattens the parts you use when you bite and chew.
You cannot eliminate the amount of wear and tear that the teeth need to go through over a lifetime, without having it restored by a dentist, but you can prevent it from getting worse. Do not chew ice or other hard foods. Doing this can cause your enamel to chip or even get you broken teeth.
Healthy Gums means a Healthy You!
A film of Bacteria, also knowns as plaque is always developing on your teeth. If you do not remove it, it will cause your gums to get sore, swell and bleed. Eventually, this will end in gum disease which if not treated in time can cause infections that hurt the bone underneath.
Sabka Dentist will treat serious gum disease, called periodontitis. If you let it go and do get it treated, it will harden your gums and the bones under the gums. Once the damage due to the disease reached a threshold value the teeth will become loose and fall off or will have to be removed.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding when you brush your teeth
- Gums that recede, or pull back from your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
The best way to keep your gums in good shape is to take good care of your teeth. Brush twice a day and floss every day. See your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. If you smoke, quit.
Do not let the Mouth Dry Out
Saliva cleans your teeth and also provides protection to your mouth from decay. But with age, our mouth gets drier and hence the changes in tooth decay increase. Some medications can also accelerate the process of drying of the mouth. In order to combat this drying, you must drink a lot of water. Hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before you swallow. One can also use sugarless candy or sugarless gum which can also help in case of dry mouth. If you think drugs are the cause, talk to your doctor about changing them.
Be Kind to Sensitive Teeth
Worn enamel, gum problems, and tooth decay can all make your teeth more sensitive. It can hurt when you drink something hot or cold or even when you brush your teeth a little too hard.
Good dental care is the best prevention. Brush, floss, and visit Sabka Dentist atleast twice a year. If you have sensitive teeth, your dentist can recommend a toothpaste or in-office treatment that will make you more comfortable.
Look Out for Acid
Carbonated drinks and citrus fruits and juices all contain acid. Sugary and starchy foods cause your mouth to make acid. Each wears away the enamel on your teeth.
Don’t swish these drinks around in your mouth. Follow it up with milk or cheese to “cancel out” the acid. Eat sugary and starchy foods with your main meals, not as snacks. That’s when your mouth makes the most saliva to help wash acid away
Be on the Lookout for Cancer
As you age, there’s a small chance you could develop cancer of your mouth, throat, tongue, or lips. The best way to prevent this is to stop smoking and drink alcohol only in moderation. Use a lip balm with sunscreen whenever you go outside.
Pain isn’t a symptom early on, so you need to visit Sabka Dentist regularly for checkups. He can look for any problems and treat them early. Warning signs may include sores, red or white patches, and any long-lasting changes in your mouth.
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Dr.Ankita Gada is a dental director,Alliances at SabkaDentist. She is a highly skilled dental Surgeon and Implantologist, with an experience of more than 10 years. She completed her BDS from Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai and PGDBA, Marketing from Symbiosis University, Pune.
She has done comprehensive Certified Fellowship Course in Oral Implantology. She also participated in the Advance Implantology course at the Tel Aviv University.
She specialises in implants and planning full mouth rehabilitation cases. She is well versed with all the recent advances in technology and materials and keeps up with constant changes in the field of Modern dentistry by attending conferences and workshops across the globe.