Looking after your oral health is important as you get older
Age related concerns
Over the years, teeth become worn due to biting, tearing, grinding and chewing but also from regular attacks from acidic foods and drinks for example. This phenomenon is called dental erosion or enamel erosion. Little by little, the enamel erodes without us even noticing it. Therefore, teeth become weaker over time.
Gingivitis is very common and can progress to periodontal disease and eventually tooth loss if not treated. Several factors can contribute to their development:
Enzymes and toxins of mature plaque bacteria which gradually break downs periodontal tissues
Chronic disease conditions such as diabetes
Reduction of salivary flow in older people
Age, systematic diseases or medication can lead to a reduction in salivary flow. This phenomenon increases the risk of decay and gingivitis.
Ways to encourage the production of saliva and preventing dehydration. For this, you should:
Chew sugar-free gums or suck sugar-free sweets if you wear a denture
Drink water regularly
Suck small chips of ice
Having a rigorous oral care routine helps reduce the risk of cavities and gingivitis:
Brushing your teeth regularly
Using interdental brushes
Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes to reduce the development of oral bacteria and the risk of the formation of cavities
Visit a dentist regularly so that he/she can clean the surfaces of your teeth
If you have any concerns, contact your GP or dentist.