As our bodies age, the wear and tear we have put on our teeth throughout our lifetime may have resulted in tooth loss and the need for prosthetic devices or cosmetic enhancements like dental crowns. The patients that have been vigilant in brushing and flossing and seeing their dentist on a regular basis are likely better off than many, but even the most diligent patient can face dental problems.
Habits that we can develop in youth and carry on through later years can lead to healthy teeth and gums including:
- Daily flossing – Flossing can reduce the plaque build-up around gum tissue. Since plaque build- up is a leading contributor to gum disease, daily flossing is a great asset.
- Brushing at least twice per day – Using a fluoridated tooth paste or gel and brushing with the proper tools will enhance the health of teeth and gums. Many people experience gum recession in senior years so brushing with a soft bristle tooth brush is helpful.
- Dental check-ups – Seeing the dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam will not only help keep teeth healthy and strong, but catch potential problems early.
- For adults that have prosthetics, either fixed or removable, the proper care using the correct cleaning products and techniques will allow the longest life possible for this dental work.
- Lost teeth – When faced with the prospect of losing one or more teeth due to decay, disease or trauma, investigating the best possible resolution is critical. Many adults believe that losing a tooth is to be expected and do not take action if this happens. However, ignoring tooth loss can mean uncomfortable and costly consequences. When tooth loss occurs, bone tissue will begin to deteriorate and teeth can start to shift to the open space. The result can have a major impact on appearance and gum tissue health.
- Healthy diet – As we age our appetite and financial circumstances might have a major impact on the foods we eat. Healthy fruits and vegetables are a necessity to maintaining strong teeth and gum tissue. Avoiding excess sugar and processed foods and eating a diet composed of more natural foods will be best for our mouth and bodies as we age.
A very worthwhile goal is to keep our natural teeth throughout our lifetime so taking excellent care of them is critical.
To learn more and to schedule your next dental exam in Pleasanton TX, contact Brush Country Dental & Specialty Center today.