Aging doesn’t simply affect our outer looks like the inflexibility of our skin, or the straw-like condition of our once abundant and shiny hair.
Nope, Father Time is also working his aging mischief on our insides as well. For example, aging affects our dental health.
As we get older, our immune system weakens, and we’re more likely to have dental problems.
Some older people lose their sense of taste. Having a dry mouth is also common with older people. Chronic dry mouth is called xerostomia.
Dry mouth is often caused by one or more of the various medications our doctors cheerfully prescribe for us to see if this helps, wink, wink.
Treating xerostomia is as simple as sipping water frequently. Chewing gum helps as it stimulates saliva production. Just keeping something in your mouth also helps with saliva flow.
When I used to have this problem, I liked to keep a fresh piece of clove in my mouth. Tasted good and gave me good breath.
BTW: decongestants can worsen dry mouth, and even cause it.
Both of these are relatively minor oral, or dental, issues. However, they can lead to bigger problems as we continue to age.
Root decay can happen because our aging gums shrink back and expose the roots of our teeth. This allows cavities to form on the roots. One of the causes of gum shrinkage is dry mouth. This is why it’s important to keep your mouth moist.
Oral thrush is also common with us older adults. It can lead to inflammation if not treated. Chances of various other gum diseases increase as we age. Many of which can cause us to lose our teeth.
Because of dential issues, many people choose to get dentures. Wearing dentures can cause infections, and inflamed gums. (Good dentures are expensive and are hard to fit properly. e.g. fight to keep your teeth…)
Oral cancer is also associated with aging. To be on the safe side, any type of dental issue should be checked by a professional. Click Here To Read more about this serious issue
Loss of appetite, often associated with fading sense of taste, and oral problems that make it painful to chew, make it difficult for aging folks to eat a healthy diet. Lack of wholesome, nutritious food make us susceptible to dental problems and to many other illness and diseases. Click Here To Learn What Foods You Need To Stay Healthy
When living on a fixed income, as many of us are, it’s often difficult to afford good dental care.
And, with the rising costs of dental care insurance, affordable plans are being priced out of our budgets. (My dental insurance is through my GM retirement benefits package and it still costs me $98 monthly, plus co-pays.) If you’re not happy with your dental plan You might wanna check out this company.
Besides the cost, it’s sometimes hard for some us to get to the dentist. If you know someone physically challenged, or who can’t drive, why not offer them a ride? Good karma for you!
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome.