We age, our bodies change, and we need to pay attention.
As our bodies age, (I’m sure that many of you reading this are already aware), they function differently. But an important part of helping the body age well that a lot of people skip over and sort of rush by is taking the time to notice and accept these changes. And no–by accepting the changes I don’t mean that we have to lie down and give up. What I mean is that we need to acknowledge the change as normal and expected without wasting energy lamenting any losses. Once we acknowledge that change has happened, only then can we actively make changes to our lifestyle to make up for those changes or adapt to them.
To name a few random examples, let’s see…there are the production levels of different hormones. If those hormone differences affect changes in the libido, as an example, one could adapt to that by recognizing other factors besides hormones that affect one’s libido and bringing those onto the scene more often. Or maybe our ability to balance changes and we’re not as stable on the feet as before. The quicker we acknowledge that, that quicker we can assess the changes to be made to make up for that change in ability (like using a fancy walking stick or cane, or supplementing one’s diet with different nutrients that aid the appropriate motor functions).And believe it or not, the body’s mouth also changes with age and dental care should take heed of that too! Some of those dental health changes to keep an eye out for are:
Tooth Color & Plaque Buildup! As one ages, plaque builds up more quickly on teeth. This can lead to the plaque trapping stains more efficiently, so one has to be more diligent about preventing that buildup with regular cleaning techniques. Also, a tissue called dentin, which is underneath the tooth enamel, changes and can make teeth appear darker (though color doesn’t necessarily have a relationship to tooth health).
Dry Mouth. A lot of cycles and circulation patterns slow down as our bodies age–the flow of saliva is one of those. That, added to the fact that reduced saliva flow can be side effects of a lot of painkiller or decongestant medications, one can experience a dry mouth more frequently. Changes in the saliva flow in the mouth affect the pH of the mouth, which is a main factor in fighting gum-disease causing bacterias in the mouth.Overall, our bodies function differently with age. This is natural and in the end, it’s probably not worth too much stress to lament any perceived losses–we might as well enjoy the deck of cards in our present hand. But luckily for us, we have A LOT of knowledge about ways to adapt to that change and keep up our overall health & functionality by using different techniques and tools to accommodate our desires.