Pay Attention to Your Teeth and Keep Them as You Age

Your teeth and mouth need good care as you age, not unlike your body in general.  Many people think losing teeth as we age is a given, but this is simply not true.  Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, as long as they receive proper care.

Like the rest of your body, your teeth also change as you are aging.  Teeth can lose sensitivity as we age because the nerves inside them can become smaller.  Losing that sensitivity can mean we don’t feel an area with a cavity.  You simply can’t wait until your mouth hurts to visit the dentist.  You might lose that tooth if the cavity is diagnosed too late.

Your General Health Can Mirror Your Oral Health

More and more, people are beginning to understand how poor oral health can impact overall health.  Feeling good, staying healthy, and looking good are usually a direct reflection of your oral health.

Practice these habits  to maintain and improve your oral health:

  1. Clean between your teeth daily by flossing or using an interdental cleaner.
  2. Quit smoking.  Not only is tobacco a cause of cancer, it also affects the health of your teeth and gums which can compromise your mouth’s ability to handle the bacteria constantly present around your teeth and tongue.
  3. Brush twice a day with a soft bristle brush and if you have difficulty brushing, use a motorized toothbrush.
  4. Drink tap water instead of bottled water.  Tap water usually has flouride in it which has been proven to protect your teeth from tooth decay or cavities.
  5. Last, but certainly not least, these are the years to be sure you keep regular visits with your dentist.  Problems found early can usually be easily handled.

Now is the time to make wise choices about your diet and lifestyle, including keeping regular appointments with your dentist.  Yes, keep your teeth for a life time, and be sure your dentures and implants are performing well if you already have those.

 

 Part 1 of a 4 part Series

 

 

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