Although some oral health concerns are fairly common at any age, after age 50, you need to pay a little more attention to your oral care. However, if you adopt a pro-active mindset and educate yourself, these concerns do not have to be common for you. Anticipating and recognizing any changes to your mouth can help keep you in optimal oral health condition. Take a look at the main oral concerns you need to be aware of:..

Dry Mouth

The most common oral health concern you’re likely to experience as you age is dry mouth. Dry mouth or Xerostomia (it’s medical term) can be brought on by a variety of contributing factors including the medication you take to treat various illnesses. There are at least 400 medications that can contribute to dry mouth. Other offenders include the over-consumption of drying beverages like coffee and alcohol, as well as the consumption of salty foods

Ill-fitting Dentures

Today, healthier living and better access to dental care has reduced the percentage of seniors wearing dentures since just a few decades ago. That said, should dentures become a part of your life, it is critical to wear properly fitting dentures. Dentures that cause pain or shift in the mouth tend to alter a person’s eating habits which can lead to nutrition deficits and in turn, poor health. If you wear dentures, be sure your dentures are kept clean and fit properly. Check with your oral care professional for frequent check-ups.

Obstacles to Good Oral Care

We may find ourselves having to contend with physical ailments that limit our desire to maintain good oral care as we age. A few common obstacles are arthritis, vision loss, or an injury that makes it difficult to move about. When possible, use a floss pick to get between teeth to remove food debris. Also, the regular use of an oral rinse can assist in dislodging food particles. A good oral rinse will also add to the overall health of the mouth and gum tissue. Select a rinse with no or low alcohol content to prevent drying out the mouth even further.

Naturally Receding Gums

We’ve all heard the old expression “long in the tooth” but did you know it actually refers to how our teeth appear to “lengthen” as we age? While some degree of gum recession is natural, as we age it is even more so. This gum recession predisposes us to cavities along the root structure of the tooth where enamel no longer exists. As we age, regular flossing, brushing and the use of oral rinses are more important than ever.

Gum Disease

All of the aforementioned items can contribute to gum disease. However, practicing a good oral care routine can help prevent it. Failing to do so can lead to swollen gums, pain and possibly the need for dentures. Be sure to include regular check-ups to your oral health care plan.

Tooth Loss

The loss of a tooth, either through trauma or decay, can cause serious health complications if not taken care of properly. If a missing tooth is not replaced with an implant or other prosthetic, it can impact the jawbone as teeth can shift out of place and potentially fall out. Bone tissue can also be resorbed back into the body. Consult your oral care professional immediately if you lose a tooth.

Loss of Insurance Coverage

Plan ahead to insure your dental care routine is covered when you retire or when financial problems might arise. Without dental coverage to help with the expense of dental care, many retirees and others neglect their oral care needs which can have a devastating effect on the health of our mouths and our overall health in general.

Take advantage of these simple tips to have a healthy mouth over 50 years old. 

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