Old people lose their teeth due to several factors like:
- Age: Seniors above 60 years have oral health problems as a result of aging process. Many times they suffer gum diseases and they can still develop tooth decay, some of them have tooth sensitivity and cracked teeth.
- Smoking: Many patients have developed oral diseases because smoking. If you are a smoker or you were in the past, you can lose your teeth easier.
- Stress: Bruxism can be severe enough to lead to jaw disorders and damaged teeth.
- Bad nutrition: It increases the risk of developing tooth decay as aging and it can lead periodontal disease and tooth loss.
- Genetics: Your genetic background can increase the risk of developing illness like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and osteoporosis, among others, and decrease your oral health.
- Dry mouth: is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs. Many of the medications taken by seniors cause this condition.
Avoid painful and expensive procedures and maintain your mouth healthy with the following advices:
- Visit your dentist regularly, at least once a year, getting your gums checked is still important.
- Brush and floss at least twice each day. Use mouthwash, toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride. The water flosser or waterpik is recommendable to better clean your mouth and getting rid of food debris that is hard to reach.
- Quit smoking immediately and get rid of all smoking triggers, such as cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays.
- Incorporate in your lifestyle healthy snacks instead of sugary meals. Eat vegetables and fruits, drink plenty of water and cutting back on high-fat junk foods.
- Drink plenty of water, chew a sugar-free gum, and avoid alcohol to avoid dry mouth.
- Use night guard for teeth grinding to avoid to damage your teeth.
If you have more questions about your dental health, ask us and we will provide all the information that you need.
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