It’s OK if you find it a little scary.
There are aspects of ageing that are scary. The good news is that we’re not only living longer, but we’re often living healthier lives.
In times past, it was common for older people to be missing several teeth – or even all their teeth. Today people are far more likely to keep their teeth if they look after them well.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain great oral hygiene, so you’re more likely your teeth as you age.
One of the reasons people may lose a tooth these days is due to trauma. And trauma isn’t just the obvious sort of thing like a severe blow to the face.
Using your teeth as tools can damage them, as can habits like chewing ice. Clenching objects in your mouth can cause cracks that allow bacteria to get into the tooth pulp and cause an infection.
Clenching or grinding your teeth can also cause damage. Those who grind their teeth at night may benefit from using a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect their teeth.
Gum or periodontal disease affects teeth and gums directly. Inflammation, bleeding, sore gums and bad breath are all indications of a problem that should be treated promptly.
If you have noticed bleeding or sore gums, it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Regular dental visits will help you catch these issues early on before they have a chance to take hold.
Early intervention usually minimises the damage and the risk of losing teeth.
Your daily behaviour can have a direct impact on the health of your teeth. Smoking, for example, impairs circulation and causes inflammation that can lead to gum disease.
Adopting good behaviours and habits mean you’re far more likely to live a long, healthy life. This means taking regular exercise, limiting your alcohol intake, and eating healthy meals.
It’s OK to have a little treat now and then – we all need to live a little! Just make sure you’re controlling your behaviours, rather than letting them control you.
When it comes to tooth health, diet does make a difference. Sugar and acid-forming foods like refined grains and fizzy drinks promote bacterial growth and gum disease.
Eating just before bedtime makes it much easier for bacteria to convert the food to acid, which attacks the teeth. Particularly if you’re eating refined grains.
A healthy diet with plenty of calcium and other important minerals helps keep your pearly whites well-nourished.
Good oral hygiene is critical if you want to keep your teeth.
Twice daily brushing and flossing removes particles trapped between the teeth, which prevents gum disease and decay. You might find an electric toothbrush or water flosser makes it easier to keep your teeth clean.
It’s also important to see your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and preventive care. Your dentist can help spot oral health problems early on when treatment is often simpler and more affordable. They can also prevent many problems from developing.
No matter what your age, taking proper care of your teeth will keep them healthy. Start good habits young and practice them forever.
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