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Seniors Get Cavities, Too

Posted on 5/19/2014 by Alan Snodgrass
Seniors Get Cavities, TooIf you are a senior, you might think that you are in the clear for cavities, but that is not necessarily always true. In many cases, seniors get more cavities as they age for two reasons; because of the lack of saliva that is produced, and receded gums leaves the dentin more vulnerable to decay. A lack of saliva is not a necessary component of aging; however, it typically occurs as a side effect of illness and medication. If you are suffering from dry mouth and suffer from an onslaught of cavities, there are things that you can do to help yourself prevent cavities in the long run.

•  Be as vigilant as possible about using mouthwash in order to keep your mouth lubricated. Your dentist can recommend the best mouthwash to help keep your mouth moisturized.
•  Drink water as often as possible. The recommended amount is eight 8-ounce glasses per day
•  try to get as close to that as possible.
•  Watch your diet. The more caffeine, alcohol or acidic foods that you consume, the drier your mouth will become.

If these steps do not help, talk to your doctor about changing your medications to see if things improve. In addition, you can talk to your dentist about preventing cavities in your mouth by applying sealant to the surface of your teeth. Of course, it should go without saying, proper oral hygiene is essential. If you cannot brush your teeth after every meal, at the very least, brush and floss your teeth twice per day to give your teeth the best fighting chance at avoiding tooth decay.
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