Dental Care As We Age
Posted on May 3, 2016 in General Dentistry
The aging process has an effect on all systems of our body, and dental health is no exception. As we get older, our teeth and gums advance in age as well. With each passing year, wear, exposure, and tissue aging progresses, necessitating more attention and care to keep your smile healthy. In order to maintain optimal dental health, your daily dental hygiene and level of dental awareness must keep pace with age-related changes. Our dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS, provides a few tips to help you stay in tune with your dental health and keep you smiling as you age.
- Regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist: As the teeth, gums, and jaw age, they become more vulnerable to dental complications that can be prevented, mitigated, and treated by regular trips to your dentist. See your dentist as frequently as recommended, and never hesitate to call in as soon as you notice a problem. Thorough preventative care and swift, effective treatment are a winning combination when it comes to good dental health as you age.
- Daily dental hygiene: Daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with the aid of fluoride-fortified products helps strengthen and clean teeth while keeping the gums healthy. Falling behind on hygiene can have increasingly serious repercussions as we age, as the teeth and gums become more susceptible to decay and disease.
- Food and beverage awareness: What and how you eat and drink can have a tremendous effect on dental health and the appearance of your smile. Be mindful of the nutritional value, sugar content, acidity, and staining properties of the items you consume, and make strides to avoid treats and habits that hinder a healthy smile.
- Dangers of dry mouth: Dry mouth becomes a more serious problem as we age. Unfortunately, dryness in the mouth creates a very unhealthy environment for the teeth and gums, as saliva is crucial for defending the mouth against bacteria and decay. Stay hydrated and utilize specially formulated rinses and products designed to prevent dryness and increase oral moisture.
For more information about keeping your smile healthy, read our recent blog about habits that put your dental health at risk.