As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime.
Here are a few tips for maintaining and improving your oral health as you age:
- Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush, especially if you have issues with arthritis in your
- If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them daily and it’s best to remove them at night.
- Drink tap water treated with fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are and helps combat dry mouth caused by some medications.
- And last, quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.
By adopting healthy oral habits at home, and seeking regular dental care, you can help your teeth last a lifetime—whether you have your natural teeth, implants or wear dentures.
This is Dr. Laurie Hodge with Church Health.
For more information on taking care of your smile, go to ADA.org.