As we get older, our bodies change whether we like it or not. We become less able to do the things we once could and we can struggle with staying healthy. Since aging affects every part of our body, even our teeth and oral health, it is important we understand how to best work to prevent and deal with the complications linked to aging.
The good news is people are now living longer, and the number of people age 65 and above is increasing. At the same time, it is important though that we make sure to take even better care of our bodies, especially as we age as aging generally makes pre existing conditions worse and harder to deal with day in and day out.
The first step is to do your best to take care of your teeth while you are still young. This will lead ultimately to better oral health in the future. As you age, physiological changes associated with aging can lead to other oral health problems. Generally, the better health you are in when you turn 30, the better health you will be in when you turn 65.
There are also many dental symptoms that are associated with aging. Most frequently, people experience more frequent problems with dry mouth and tooth sensitivity. Additionally, advanced age can lead to more cases of periodontitis and root and coronal caries.
Finally, as we age, we tend to use more prescription and over-the-counter medications. As age increases, you will find yourself more likely to have complications with drug interactions or adverse drug reactions. People can also find themselves more sensitive to medications and drugs used in dentistry such as anesthetics.
While aging is never fun, it is even less fun if you are not ready for it. To better prepare yourself, start practicing good oral health today, and the stay informed about how aging will affect your body, especially your teeth.