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As you age, it can become more difficult to care for your body. However, did you know that it can also be more difficult to care for your oral health as you age? Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do—and should know—to better care for your teeth as you age.

You see, as you age, you’ll probably start taking more and more medications. While taking these medications is important, did you know that many can lead to dry mouth? If you have this condition, you won’t be able to produce enough saliva—meaning your mouth may not be able to wash bacteria and food particles away from your teeth.

As your body ages, your teeth can also become more brittle, leaving them more likely to crack and chip. Either of these issues can also leave you more vulnerable to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Similarly, individuals with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have serious dental issues, such as gum disease or chronic bacterial infections.

We recommend scheduling regular appointments with our dentist, Dr. Stephen Woodard, if you’re interested in avoiding these issues. Practicing good oral hygiene is also extremely important. To learn more about the care you can receive from our team, please don’t hesitate to give Stephen Woodard a call at 509-924-8585. We look forward to hearing from you!