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As we enter middle age, dental care isn’t any less important. By this time of life, the teeth have already put up with decades of use (and possibly abuse). So any unnecessary extra wear and tear should be avoided.
By the age of 60, the average adult will have three or more lost or decaying teeth. There are various treatments that can be done to make up for those gaps in the smile. But no restorative dental treatment is worthwhile as maintaining good dental hygiene and preventative care.
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A tooth may be lost or extracted as treatment for another dental problem. However, the gap left behind can create new problems when eating or speaking.
Usually, we’re more concerned with the cosmetic appearance of a missing tooth. But even the loss of a hidden molar at the back of the mouth can cause issues with chewing.
These days, your dentist can provide a number of options to fill the space and restore you to a full set of teeth.
The ororpharyngeal cavity includes the cheeks, lips, gums, tongue, jaw, palate and throat. Just as we need to be more vigilant in checking for cancers in other areas of our body as we age, we should apply the same vigilance to our oral health.
The cancer usually first becomes noticeable as a tiny red or white spot in the mouth or throat. It may also be a swelling or sore area. A first symptom may be difficulty in chewing, swallowing or a change in how your teeth bite together.
If you become concerned, your dentist can examine the area for any signs of mouth or throat cancer. Of course, regular visits to the dentist increase the chances of early detection.
Unfortunately, as we age, we’re more likely to be prescribed various medications. Some of these can reduce the production and flow of saliva in the mouth, creating a dry mouth sensation that can be quite uncomfortable.
Reduced saliva in the mouth can upset the balance of your oral hygiene, increasing the risk of tooth decay or infection. If you do experience dry mouth, talk to your doctor or dentist about alternative medications or other possible causes.
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Older adults commonly complain of over-sensitive teeth, particularly from eating hot or cold foods. Sensitive teeth are a classic symptom of the wear our teeth have undergone over the years, usually caused by the gradual erosion of tooth enamel over time. However, more obvious causes still include gum disease, tooth decay, worn fillings or the tooth root has become exposed. Each of these causes means that the nerve at the centre of the tooth is more exposed to change in temperature and is therefore easier to trigger a sharp pain.
Desensitising toothpaste can help, but it is important you treat the correct cause to avoid developing further problems. Discuss your sensitive teeth with your dentist so an appropriate treatment can be identified.
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