This this might be an excellent motto for living life to its fullest as you grow older. But it’s important to remember that your body has a better chance of aging gracefully if it’s well maintained. Keeping your body in good shape and maintaining your dental health requires routine visits to the doctor and the dentist – and it also requires taking care of yourself in between scheduled appointments.
Teeth are Strong and Should Last a Lifetime
Teeth are inherently very strong and can withstand years of wear and tear. Even so, teeth need regular care to keep them healthy and bright for a lifetime of optimal dental health.
Tips for Maintaining Your Dental Health as You Get Older
Follow these simple tips from the comfort of your own home.
- Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
- Use the correct type of toothbrush with bristles that are ideal for your teeth and gums.
- Use the type of toothpaste recommended by your dentist. Some have more fluoride than others, and some contain ingredients to help with tooth sensitivity.
- Avoid chewing on hard items or objects that can cause your teeth to chip or break.
- Do not ignore bleeding gums. If you notice blood when you brush, floss, or eat, visit your dentist.
- Schedule an appointment if you notice discomfort or pain when you eat, drink, or brush.
- Don’t ignore bad breath – it could be a sign of an impending oral health problem.
- If you take medications, make sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of them could cause you to have a dry mouth.
- If you have a dry mouth, make sure to drink more liquids and rinse your mouth on a regular basis.
- Be cognizant of the amount of sugary foods and beverages that you consume. Be prepared to alter your diet if you and/or your dentist believe that your diet is causing dental health problems to develop.
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you notice any type of new or unusual bump, sore, or pain in your mouth. Any of these abnormalities can be a sign/symptom of oral cancer.
- Eliminate smoking.
- If you grind your teeth while you sleep, be fitted for a nightguard.
- Lead the healthiest lifestyle as possible with a wholesome diet and regular exercise.
It is entirely possible to live a long life that is free of significant dental health issues. The keys for success include maintaining your teeth with routine dental visits, following the advice of your dentist, treating small problems before they progress into bigger problems, and taking excellent care of your teeth and gums at home each and every day.
It’s Never Too Late to Take Care of Your Teeth
While it’s beneficial to adopt excellent dental health habits at a young age, it’s never too late to start taking good care of your teeth and gums. Next time you’re in the office, make sure to talk with us about the above-mentioned tips for taking care of your dental health as you get older. Every person has unique health requirements, so we will talk with you on-one-one to develop a strategy for creating a dental health plan to benefit your specific needs and goals.