Aging And Dental Health

7 Important Potential Problems

Aging entails numerous changes that affect dental health, such as reduced saliva production.

Nearly 19% of older adults are edentulous, with a higher incidence in people 75 years or older, showing variations by race/ethnicity.


Why does aging affect dental health?

Cells regenerate more slowly over time, affecting the body’s ability to repair tissues.

Gingival recession is common in older adults, exposing the base of the tooth and increasing the risk of inflammation and cavities. 

How to prevent dental problems during aging?

Brush your teeth and dentures, if you have them, at the end of the day and at least once during the day.

Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet and consume more water.


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