As we age, we tend to experience more health issues. This is no different for the health of your mouth. Unfortunately, due to a decline in saliva production, we develop more cavities and may develop gum disease. Saliva is one of the most important defenses against disease that our mouth has, so if you are experiencing dry mouth (xerostomia), do not ignore it.
Saliva is important because it helps to balance out the acids and bases in your mouth. Saliva protects against enamel erosion, cavities, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease. Saliva is created in your salivary glands which are located under the tongue and in the cheeks. As we age, the aforementioned glands start performing other duties and your saliva creation is compromised. One example of this is fat being stored in our serous salivary glands.
Unfortunately, an increase in fatty tissue is not the only cause of dry mouth. There are other things like medications and medical treatments that will lead to dry mouth. Medications that cause dry mouth include those that treat hypertension, heart disease, and arthritis.
As we age, our bodies are continually changing. Due to this, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH recommends maintaing your routine dental appointments. A helpful hint to help decrease your cavities, is to use dental products that contain fluoride. Fluoride will help to strengthen your teeth, build up your enamel, and protect you from developing cavities.
If you have already developed cavities, Dr. Van Treese offers several restorative options. Restorative options include fillings, crowns, veneers, and more! If you have questions about your teeth, or maybe have been experiencing some tooth sensitivity, feel free to contact us today!