As a person ages, subtle changes take place throughout the whole body. Usually the aging process goes unnoticed on a day to day basis, until a photo of years ago is examined, then “Oh My Gosh I’m becoming old”! It is not only the outer body which reflects such changes, but the mouth shape, gums and teeth are equally affected by ageing.
What to Look Out For, and What Can Be Done.
The aging process cannot be stopped, but there are signs which can be looked out for, and recommendations as what can be done for each situation.
Maintenance of White Teeth.
1. Years of coffee or tea drinking will darken the teeth along with the yellowing of teeth associated with old age. Plaque will start to build up on the enamel of the teeth, any fillings in remaining natural teeth may be loosened by bacteria.
2. Regular visits to the dentist are recommended when such signs are seen. The dentist will clean your teeth and repair any fillings. The dentist may even recommend a tooth bleach, in an effort to restore the color of the teeth.
1. The toxins created by tooth bacteria cause gum tissue to separate from the tooth creating gaps, some gum recession may occur also. If untreated it may result in unnecessary tooth loss. Bad oral hygiene or poorly fitting dentures can aggravate the problem causing chewing difficulties and sometimes trouble with speaking clearly.
2. By following a preventive routine of regular dental check-ups the dentist can assist with such occurrences. In the above instant he/she will use medications to reduce gum recession, provide treatment for root problems.
Dryness of the Mouth.
1. Dry mouth is caused by a reduction of saliva production, although it may be a side effect from medicines taken for another reason. Since saliva itself acts as a cleansing agent in the mouth, its reduction may lead to tooth decay.
2. The dentist will assess any damage done by the dryness and prescribe a routine for future prevention, and a prescription for the current condition.
For any senior citizen, regular visits to a dentist are a necessary part of maintaining oral hygiene. The maintenance of oral hygiene is necessary to prevent the outbreak of other health troubles.
If the aged person is disabled in any way, then requests should be passed along to the persons caregiver, family or friends, to check and be aware of the dental health condition of the elderly person.