Oral Health: Do People Get More Cavities As They Grow Older?

As people grow older, they naturally begin to experience more and more health issues. Due to this, it should come as a surprise to no one that oral health also deteriorates. But why?

The biggest reason why our oral health deteriorates with age, and we develop more cavities, is as a result of a decrease in salivary flow. Unfortunately, as we produce less saliva, we lose our best natural defender against cavities and gum disease. So, if you are experiencing dry mouth, you should not ignore this as it could lead to poor oral health.

Why is saliva a good defender against cavities and gum disease?

When you produce enough saliva, it should neutralize the acids that are introduced into your mouth by the foods you eat on a daily basis. By doing this, saliva creates a natural barrier that minimizes cavities, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease.

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What causes a decrease in salivary flow?

Saliva is created in the salivary glands. Our salivary glands are located under our tongue and in our cheeks. Unfortunately, with age, these glands begin to perform functions other than creating saliva. As an example, a lot of times fatty tissue will get stored in your salivary glands.

In addition to this, many medical treatments or medications will cause a decrease in salivary flow. Due to the necessity of these medications and treatments, dry mouth can not be avoided. 

Are you experiencing oral health issues?

If you are experiencing oral health issues or suffering from dry mouth, we recommend seeing a dentist ASAP. Dr. Levine at Olney Dental Center welcomes you to his office if you are in need of a dentist in the Olney area.

P.S. If you are suffering from dry mouth, try to focus on consuming more tap water. Tap water will keep you hydrated and provide you with additional fluoride.

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