Many people think that losing your teeth as you age and needing dentures is inevitable. This is not true; in fact, with a little care, your teeth can last as long as you do!
We all know how important it is to brush, floss and see your dentist regularly. There are other steps you can take as you age to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
First, don’t forget those routine dental cleanings and checkups! Just because you don’t feel pain, that does not mean you may not have a problem. As we age, the size of the nerves in the teeth and gums shrink, becoming a bit smaller. This change means that our teeth and gums are less sensitive, and we are less likely to notice a dental problem. Routine teeth cleanings and checkups will help keep an eye on things before they get out of hand!
Other things you can do to help maintain your teeth and oral health include:
Not forgetting to brush twice a day with soft bristles. If you are having problems brushing because of arthritis, consider getting a modified toothbrush to help.
Use your dental floss at least once a day. It is best to floss before you brush.
If you do have full or partial dentures, don’t forget to clean them daily, and to remove them for at least four hours every night. Don’t use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures, and if you dentures become loose as you age, see your dentist for a check-up.
If you still smoke, consider quitting. The longer you smoke, the more likely you are to develop diseases related to smoking, including oral cancers and tooth disease.
Drink plenty of tap water. During an age when bottled and filtered water is popular, tap water is still a great option. Besides saving you money, most tap waters have fluoride, and that is still helpful in preventing tooth decay.
Eat healthy – healthy eating provides the right environment for health for all parts of your body, including your teeth.
A healthy mouth is a sign of a healthy person. A few steps will go a long way in keeping you healthy no matter how old you are.
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