Good Oral Health as You Age – Tips from a Dentist

As we age, maintaining good oral health becomes increasingly important. Aging brings many changes in our bodies, including our oral cavity, which can impact the health of our teeth and gums. With proper care and attention, we can ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime. Beyond Dental Health is here with tips recommended by our dentists to maintain good oral health as you age.
Maintain a Consistent Oral Care Routine

Vital to maintaining good oral health is following a consistent daily preventive care routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Be thorough in cleaning all tooth surfaces and don’t forget to gently brush your gums. Here is a quick video from our dental hygienist, Sarah, on how to properly brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush:

Additionally, flossing daily is crucial to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Not sure how to properly floss your teeth? Sara is here to show you!

Regular Dental Check-ups

Dental check-ups are crucial to your oral health, especially as you age. Dentists can detect oral health issues early on and provide necessary treatments. Schedule dental visits every six months or as recommended by your dentist. These visits typically involve professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup that cannot be reached through regular brushing and flossing. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other oral health concerns.

Pay Attention to Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a common issue among older adults. It can be caused by various factors, including medications, certain medical conditions, and reduced saliva production. Dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. To alleviate dry mouth symptoms, drink plenty of water, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and consider using over-the-counter saliva substitutes. Your dentist may recommend specific treatments or prescribe medication to manage severe cases of dry mouth.

Address Tooth Sensitivity

As we age, the protective layer of enamel on our teeth can wear down, leading to tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages can be uncomfortable. To minimize tooth sensitivity, use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, which can help alleviate the symptoms. It is also advisable to avoid aggressive brushing and abrasive toothpaste.

Our dentist at Beyond Dental Health might also recommend a fluoride treatment at your dental visit. Fluoride is found in water and some foods and drinks and is a mineral that can strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Fluoride naturally re-hardens the enamel of your teeth, which can help soothe tooth sensitivity.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

We all know how a well-balanced diet plays a crucial role in our health, but did you also know it can help maintain good oral health? Ensure your diet includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Limit your consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay and erosion. Additionally, maintain adequate hydration by drinking water throughout the day.

Explore our Nutrition Page, Beyond Nutrition, to embrace a healthier journey with Beyond Dental Health.

Quit Smoking

We all know smoking is not good for your health and the health of the people around you. Smoking not only affects your general health but also has severe implications for your oral health. It increases the risk of gum disease, tooth loss, oral cancer, and delayed wound healing after dental procedures. Quitting smoking significantly improves your overall health and enhances the longevity of your teeth and gums. Seek support from healthcare professionals or support groups to successfully quit smoking.

As we age, maintaining good oral health requires extra attention and care. By following these essential tips, you can ensure a healthy smile for years to come. Be diligent in your oral care routine, visit your dentist regularly, and address any oral health concerns promptly. Remember to stay hydrated, maintain a healthy diet, and quit smoking if you haven’t already. With these steps, you can enjoy excellent oral health as you age and continue to wear your smile with confidence.

For adults over the age of 60, Beyond Dental Health offers a Senior Club that has a range of comprehensive services tailored to the unique needs of mature adults.

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