Published On 13 Jul, 2021
All of us undergo physiological changes as we age but we often tend to put dental care on the back burner unless there is some kind of a dental emergency. You may be either unaware or ignore the fact that poor dental health is one of the underlying causes of life-threatening systemic diseases.
Here’s a brief rundown on why proper dental care is essential for your overall well-being.
Elder people are more likely to consume medicines – with and without side effects. Medicinal side-effects can range from dry mouth to gum changes which contribute to tooth decay and gum diseases.
The dentin (or the layer beneath the enamel) accumulates stains over time. Since teeth enamel erodes with age, you will end up with a set of discoloured teeth if uncared for.
Aging causes your mobility to dwindle and interferes with your daily chores. You may not be able to brush effectively to maintain optimum dental health. So, never ignore the importance of professional help at this point. Your dentist may advise solutions such as electric toothbrush, anti-bacterial mouthwash for your problem.
Poor oral hygiene can gradually put you at risk of not only dental problems but Pneumonia, cardiovascular diseases, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Oral Cancer. A healthy mouth can keep these diseases at bay.
Receding gums pose a danger to the vulnerable tooth root. Being exposed to food particles, teeth roots are always are at risk of decay. Periodic checkups can prevent root decay to a good extent.
In addition, dental problems can take a toll on your quality of life. The pain and discomfort can impact your confidence, communication, and dietary habits. Follow these steps to maintain optimum dental health:
Besides the discomfort, dental problems in older adults can be a warning sign of more serious health issues. Get in touch with your local dentist as soon as you see any kind of dental infection.