Good oral hygiene and cleaning is important no matter your age, but as you get older, you may need to change your oral routine to ensure that your teeth and gums are still looked after as well as they should be. You may need to adapt your routine to fit problems that can arise through aging or you may need to be more aware of how to watch out for signs of teeth and gum problems which can happen later in life.
To make sure you give your gums and teeth the best chance, here are 5 tips for caring for your teeth as you get older.
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1. Avoid Dry Mouth
There are many causes of dry mouth and aging is just one of them. If you’re also taking medication, then that can have the potential to promote a drier mouth, too.
Saliva is essential in keeping your mouth and teeth healthy, so to combat dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water, try anything which promotes saliva production (such as chewing) and speak to your doctor if any medication is seriously affecting your battle with dry mouth.
2. Care for Your Gums as Much as Your Teeth
Gum health can easily go neglected if you put too much focus on your teeth cleaning routine. You should put the same care and attention on your gum health to avoid higher chances of gum disease.
Be sure to brush your gums as well as your teeth and floss right up to the gums for the best hygiene practice.
Pay attention for any signs of problems, such as spitting blood when you brush, bad breath or receding gums. Regular dental appointments mean that your dental professional will be able to check for any signs of gum problems.
3. Be Sure to Keep on Top of Any Denture Maintenance
If you wear dentures, then there’s always a possibility of general wear and tear which can compromise the effectiveness of your dentures. On top of this, changes in your mouth may mean that your dentures don’t fit as comfortably as they once did. Make sure you understand when it’s time to replace your dentures and commit to regular checkups so that a professional can check your dentures for optimum health.
4. Combat Sensitive Teeth
The chances of sensitive teeth increase as you get older and there’s always potential of worn-down enamel. This can make eating and drinking more difficult and uncomfortable, or even painful.
Maintaining a good hygiene routine is the best combatant for sensitive teeth, so be sure to brush at least twice a day, use floss and use mouthwash. You can speak to your dentist regarding any specific recommendation for toothpaste or mouthwash best suited for sensitive teeth.
5. Drop Any Bad Habits
As you get older, health risks are increased and that includes the development of mouth or throat cancer. Drop bad habits like smoking especially and limit your alcohol consumption, so as to best protect your mouth and general health.
Using these 5 tips, along with regular visits to your dentist, will help your mouth and teeth to stay in their best shape.