It is an exciting time when you reach the point of retirement. You leave behind your worries and cares of your past career. There is one thing that you should not leave behind though…your health, including your oral health.
Your oral health is related to your overall health. It is very important to include a trip to your dentist along with trips to your medical doctor on a regular basis. Your dentist will examine your teeth for cavities, check your gums for gum disease, screen for oral cancer, and address any other dental concerns you may have.
As you age, you can encounter some new challenges when it comes to your oral health. One of the possible oral health challenges of aging is dry mouth. As you age, you tend to take more medications which can reduce your flow of saliva as a side effect. As a result, your teeth are more susceptible to cavities since you have less saliva in your mouth to help flush away the bacteria.
Some suggestions to help fight cavities with dry mouth are: to stay hydrated, eat a low-sugar diet, use topical fluoride, and buy artificial saliva to re-lubricate your mouth. Another concern that you should be watchful for throughout adulthood and into your older years is gum disease, which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. It is preventable and even reversible if you catch it early.
It is very important to have good oral hygiene habits on a daily basis, including brushing twice a day, low-sugar diets, avoiding tobacco, and flossing at least once a day to avoid these new challenges.
Remember that regular check-ups with your dentist can prevent you from needing more treatment over time. Be sure to schedule an exam at least every 6 months!
Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
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