As you grow older taking proper care of your health becomes more important – your oral health included. There are a few conditions to be aware of and discuss with your dentist at regular visits:
Some medications can affect your saliva which is important in reducing tooth decay. Keep your dentist updated on any medical conditions or medications you’re taking.
This happens when the gum tissue lowers its position on the tooth, exposing the tooth root(s) and increasing your risk of root decay as there’s no enamel coating for protection.
Dry mouth, loose-fitting dentures and poor oral hygiene can cause a build-up of fungus resulting in oral thrush or inflammation under the denture.
While ageing impairs the sense of taste, disease, medications and dentures can also contribute to this sensory loss.
The outer enamel layer of your teeth may thin, and enable the darker, yellower dentine to show through. A lifetime of consuming stain-causing foods and beverages will also have an effect.