With age, comes wisdom – among other things. But damage to the teeth and gums doesn’t have to be one of them. Whether you are concerned about the condition of your teeth or simply looking to preserve the condition they’re currently in, there are steps you can take to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy as you age. Try these tips for a healthy, beautiful smile at any age.
Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing will always be the number one way to care for your teeth, no matter how old you are. Brushing a minimum of twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day (preferably at night) helps to keep your teeth clean and cavity free and your gums free of gum disease. It also prevents gum recession, where the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets for plaque to hide and cause cavities below the gum line.
Speaking of brushing, investing in a good electronic toothbrush is also a great idea, as brushes such as sonic brushes do a better job at cleaning the than manual brushing.
Avoid Excess Sugar
There is added sugar in many of the products we eat, whether we realize it or not. This makes it all the more important to avoid sugary products like soda, candy, and other sweets, as they can attract cavity causing bacteria to the teeth,
If you currently smoke, please consider quitting. In addition to the damage smoking causes to the heart and lungs, it can also seriously damage your teeth and gums, causing gum disease which can worsen many medical conditions including heart disease and diabetes.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Don’t skip out on your dental appointments, even if you think nothing is wrong. Even if you don’t have pain or cavities, clearing away plaque at the gumline can prevent cavities and gum disease from developing.
Consider Full-Mouth Restoration
Do your teeth already show the signs of aging? Consider a full-mouth rehabilitation, which may include anything from veneers to orthodontics, fillings or even dental implants. These procedures can take years off your appearance and improve your self confidence, too.
To speak to Dr. Mingus about full-mouth restoration, please call the office at 541-382-6565.