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Senior Teeth Need Special Care to Keep Healthy
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
As you age, you will need to take special care of your teeth to keep them healthy. This is because, like every other part of your body, your teeth change as you get older. Here are a few changes, and what you can do to counteract them.
As you get older, the hard outer shell of your teeth will begin to thin out. This shell, called the enamel, is the part of the tooth that is most resistant to decay and damage. As such, you should take care to regularly get dental checkups, which include a fluoride polish. In addition, be sure to use good toothpaste with fluoride added to it. The fluoride will help to strengthen the teeth and replenish the thinning enamel.
Reduced Salivary Flow
Another change you will notice as you age is the reduction of the flow of saliva in your mouth. You may not realize it, but your salivary glands are constantly producing saliva. The saliva, in turn, washes out the mouth, helping keep bacterial levels to a minimum.
As you get older and this flow begins to diminish, it will become easier and easier for you to develop cavities. As such, you should take care to regularly drink water throughout the day. The water will help keep your mouth rinsed out, and the bacteria levels at a minimum.
Decay of the Roots
During your life, you may notice your gum tissue beginning to recede from the teeth. This can be from a number of factors, such as gum disease or brushing with a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard.
Regardless of the cause, the exposed root is much more susceptible to decay than the tooth itself is. If you have receding gums, address the issue right away. This will help keep the roots covered and protected.
Following these tips can help keep your teeth healthy as you age. Get in the habit of doing them today, and you'll be glad you did.
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