As you get older, good oral health care becomes even more important than ever. One common myth about aging is that tooth loss is inevitable. If you take care of your teeth and gums, there is no reason that you can’t live your entire life with your natural teeth. Just like the rest of your body, your mouth undergoes various changes as you grow older. The nerves become more sensitive to dental caries and other issues due to their decreased size, but with regular dental visits, you can ensure that potential problems are caught in time for proper treatment. Weston Dental Office has a few suggestions to help you maintain your oral hygiene routine as you age.
How to Improve Your Oral Health While Aging
There are a lot of things you can do to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy. Some may seem like common sense, but we also have a few that you may not have considered.
- Use a soft bristle brush to brush twice daily.
- Make sure to floss at least once a day
- If you wear false teeth, remove and clean them well once a day.
- Spend at least 4 hours a day denture free to allow your gums to breathe.
- Make a habit of drinking tap water, which contain fluoride and will help stop tooth decay.
- If you smoke, quit. Aside from the risk of cancer, smoking increases the chances of several tooth related problems.
- Make and attend regular dental visits.
Maintaining positive oral health habits and living a healthy lifestyle will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Even if you have partial or full dentures, implants or crowns, seeking the regular care of a dental professional like those here at Weston Dental Office will ensure that you catch any potential problems before they become a serious threat to your teeth.
Caring For Your Elderly or Disabled Person
If you are tasked with managing the oral health of an elderly or disabled person, you may wonder what steps you should to take to help. Two of the most critical steps are:
- Taking them to regular dental appointments.
- Helping them brush and floss every day.
Both of these steps will go a long way towards preventing serious oral health care issues, but at times even these simple tasks can seem overwhelming. If the person you are caring for has a hard time brushing and flossing, your dentist can offer great tips on how to make these tasks easier. Many dentists specialize in the care of elderly and disabled patients, and a simple specialist search in your local directory should point you in the right direction.
How We Can Help
Many people think that dentures and tooth loss are a natural part of aging, but that’s not true. Having good oral hygiene habits will keep your gums healthy your entire life. The simple habits of brushing, flossing, eating a good diet, and visiting your dentist regularly is as important when we age as when we are young. Give Weston Dental Office a call at (416) 247-1928 if you need help caring for your aging teeth, or those of a loved one.