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Dental Issues To Look Out For When You Get Older

By Peppertan

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As we age, we come across an increasing number of ailments to look out for, and this includes our teeth, as well as the rest of our body. The Huffington Post has an interesting article about the most common ailments for people over 50 that is worth our time reading. Prevention is by far the best cure but it is also important to know what to look for as our mouth ages, and we become more susceptible to medical problems.

Cancer

We can form a type of cancer in just about every part of our body, including our mouth. Oral cancer is a particularly nasty type of cancer with around 50% of people who suffer from it losing their life. A regular check-up with your dentist will allow them to check the soft tissue of your mouth to ensure that there are no suspicious lumps developing.

Tooth Decay

Without regular brushing our teeth would decay over time, become rotten and probably fall out. Brushing your teeth regularly is the best way to prevent tooth decay, and you should also make sure that you eat a healthy diet that does not consist of too much sugar. Floss on a daily basis, and if you cannot brush your teeth after you eat something, make sure that you rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is also common in people as they get older, and is something that you need to check for on a regular basis. Often, people will look after their teeth and neglect their gums, which can lead to the loss of teeth. Red, swollen, or bleeding gums can be the first signs of gum disease. Make sure, if you have these symptoms, to see your dentist in Noosa, or wherever you live, straight away.

A Crowded Mouth

You will sometimes see that as people get older, their mouth starts to develop new gaps between teeth, and often the first time you notice it is when a scrap of food gets stuck. Did you have an overlapping tooth as a youngster? If so, it could cause problems later in life, so it is worth having your dentist check it out. The best way to realign the teeth and keep them straight will be to wear an oral device around your teeth and slowly force them to straighten. You will need to see a professional orthodontist to create a retainer or braces for you which you may need to wear constantly. And you thought it is only kids that wear braces!

Avoid The Problems

If you eat a healthy and balanced diet and take good care of your teeth, you can help prevent a lot of issues that people face when they get older. Make sure that you see your dentist regularly either every 6 or 12 months, and you can help to stop any problems that do arise become too serious. Prevention is the best cure after all! Take good care of your mouth, and you will have a full set of pearly whites for many years to come.

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