Patients are Advised to Protect Teeth and Gums as You Age by Westchester Orthodontist
The team at Glaser Orthodontics stress the importance of proper care of our patients teeth and gums. Dr. Glaser says that taking steps now will help protect your dental health and prevent serious decay and disease from developing as you get older. Glaser Orthodontics tells Westchester residents that you are never too young to start the proper cleaning and care of your mouth.
The changes that occur in your body as you age can be seen in your mouth just as readily as they can be seen in other areas. Being aware of these changes is the first step in protecting your teeth and gums.
Erosion/loss of tooth enamel. Over time, depending on your eating habits and the state of your health, you may begin to lose tooth enamel. As enamel wears away, teeth become brittle and sensitive. Teeth also dry out and become more brittle with age because fewer blood vessels are available to deliver fluids and nutrients.
Slowdown of saliva production. As you get older you produce less saliva, and you may routinely take medications that reduce it even further. Dr. Glaser says the result is a dry mouth, which is not only unpleasant, but can cause chewing and swallowing difficulties, bad breath, tooth decay, and irritated tissue in your mouth that can lead to infection.
Gum infections and inflammation. Chronic medical conditions that are more common in later years, such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory distress are thought to be associated with gum infections and inflammation. According to Harvard Family Health Guide, some scientists believe that bacteria present in gum infections can get into the bloodstream and causes inflammation in other parts of the body.
Call Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor for a consultation on how to protect your teeth and gums.