Effects of aging on oral health

Our body goes through multiple changes as we pass through the years. The effects of aging are apparent in all aspects of life, which also includes oral health. Our mouth experiences several changes from birth, the appearance, and subsequent loss of baby teeth which are ultimately replaced with adult teeth. Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with proper dental care, they usually do. However, certain changes happen to the structure of our oral cavity as we age. For the purpose of this blog, our team at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists decided to talk about the effects of aging on oral health.

As we age, our body’s capacity to change and repair itself reduces. The cells renew themselves at a slow rate, and the tissues become thinner and more elastic. Bones tend to become less dense and lose their optimum strength. In addition, our body’s immune system may become weaker, which means certain diseases and infections can occur more quickly, and healing takes longer. Such changes also affect your oral health, which can manifest as certain disorders. A regular consultation by a dental specialist at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists can help you stay at the top of your oral health as you age.  

Some of the most common oral health disorders which appear as we age are as follows – 

  • Dry mouth as salivary glands tends to function inadequately as we age. 
  • The mouth becomes prone to certain fungal infections like oral thrush. 
  • Mouth sores. 
  • The appearance of several dental cavities. 
  • The teeth undergo wear and tear, which can cause them to appear eroded and leads to teeth sensitivity. 
  • The appearance of receding gums is typical in older adults. 
  • In addition, the chances of suffering from gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis also increase. This can lead to loose teeth, which can eventually lead to teeth loss. 
  • In addition, a lifetime of certain personal habits like smoking and tobacco can also lead to oral cancer. 

However, many of these effects of aging on oral health can be managed and treated with prompt dental consultation. Please schedule an appointment with us at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists to stay at the top of oral health as you mature. If you have any more questions or want to know more about our services, please get in touch with us, and our team of friendly dental professions will be there to assist you.