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Surely, our memory of grandparents putting their teeth in a glass of water, on the bedside table, is still alive. We are accustomed to the idea that the elderly wear false teeth, but, is it so?
Statistical data indicate that it is false and that many of the older adults reach the age of 60 with their natural teeth, or at least most of them. Of course, we must take care of our natural teeth, there are many years of chewing, biting, and being exposed to cavity formations and so on. In addition, with aging comes other problems, and people who never had decay in their lives begin to suffer.
This is due to the fact that most medications contribute to dry mouth. Saliva is rich in antibacterial compounds, so it helps prevent mouth diseases. Therefore, the mouth should not be allowed to dry. Drink lots of water, chew gum (no sugar!), and use mouthwashes. If you smoke or drink alcohol, remember that both of them generate dryness too, so you should counteract it by drinking more water.
Another disease that usually appears in the elderly is periodontitis. This disease is a result of the formation of tartar, which swells the gums and causes bleeding. It has a first phase in which it can be easily combated, but if it already decanted into periodontal, the gum disease already produces looseness in the teeth and is prone to lose dental pieces.
Again, it is not something that happens to everyone, as it can be prevented with good hygiene: deep brushing twice a day and flossing. Attention: “deep” brushing does not imply that it is strong. Do not hurt yourself, simply cause the brush to reach behind the teeth.
To conclude, the largest number of mouth cancer patients is over 62 years old. The symptoms are: bleeding and lasting sores, rough areas, pains, difficulty in biting or tongue movement and irregularities such as small lumps. If you find any of these symptoms, go to your dentist for a consultation.