DENTIST DR EMIL JANSEN

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Ageing With a Smile

A smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.

Did you know that your oral health is tied to your overall health, as well as your quality of life? This is especially true as we age.

Common dental issues for older adults include tooth loss, receding gums, movement of teeth, and dry mouth. When combined with reduced mobility or dexterity when holding items, it can become much harder to keep up with good oral health habits like brushing, flossing, and regular visits to a dental office. This means that the older we get, the greater our risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Dry mouth (also called xerostomia) is a condition among older adults that occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough saliva. The condition is a common side-effect of many prescribed medications.

Severe dry mouth can cause issues such as food sticking to the teeth, difficulty speaking or swallowing, and even an uncomfortable burning sensation in the mouth.

When it’s difficult to eat, many seniors turn to foods that are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates – breads, cookies, and candies – because they’re easier to eat and prepare, or because they may help with dry mouth symptoms and increase saliva.

Unfortunately, these foods can make your teeth even more susceptible to cavities if you also have dry mouth. Limit these foods in your diet, or consider using sugar-free alternatives.

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