As you age, it becomes more and more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. One common misconception is that everyone loses their teeth at some point in their lives. This is not true. If cared for properly, you can have healthy teeth for a lifetime.
Like many other things, your mouth changes as you age. The nerves in our teeth become smaller as we age and, as a result, are less sensitive to cavities and other problems. This means you may not notice you have a cavity until it is causing some major problems in your mouth. This is one of many reasons why it becomes more and more important to get regular dental checkups as we get older.
If you want to feel good and stay healthy, here are some tips for maintaining and improving your oral health!
- Brush twice a day, morning and night. Try to fit in a flossing session every day as well.
- If you wear any sort of dental appliances, make sure to clean them daily!
- Drink tap water. Tap water contains fluoride that will help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
- Quit smoking. If you are a smoker, you are at a greater risk for things such as gingivitis and other gum diseases.
- Visit your dentist regularly! They can give you tips on how to improve your own cleaning techniques and identify problems early!
These tips can prevent many problems from arising, but tasks that once seemed straightforward can become more daunting as we get older. A dentist can help with this. There are dentists out there that specialize in caring for the elderly and disabled.
For those who are confined to the bed, it is important not to forget about their oral health. Bacteria can build up in their mouth and be inhaled, sometimes causing illnesses such as pneumonia.
Taking care of our teeth becomes ever so more important as we grow older. Have any questions about keeping your teeth clean or helping a loved one care for their teeth as they get older? Don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Dental Group today and so we can give you the answers you need!