If you want to keep your teeth into old age (and who doesn’t?), it’s important to remember that you must take extra care when it comes to your oral hygiene and other aspects of your health.
Only a century ago, it was generally accepted that everyone would need dentures in old age, but today, that doesn’t have to be the case. Follow these general rules, and you’ll have a much better chance of living into your 70s and 80s with your own teeth.
How To Avoid Losing Your Teeth In Old Age
1. Brush and floss daily.
The foods you eat are easily caught between your teeth, and whatever you drink coats your teeth and gums. This buildup of food particles swiftly leads to plaque buildup and cavities.
To ensure a healthy mouth and gums, regular brushing and flossing are essential. Experts recommend doing both once in the morning and once at night. If you really want extra bonus points, consider brushing after every meal as well.
2. Don’t use tobacco products.
Those who smoke are nearly two times as likely to lose their teeth later in life. The same goes for chewing tobacco or using any type of tobacco on a regular basis.
If you smoke or use tobacco now, find a way to quit. You can talk to your doctor or a pharmacist about the best quitting options for you.
3. Avoid sugar.
There is literally no health benefit to eating sugar, and in fact next to tobacco, it’s one of the worst things for your teeth and gums. To help keep your mouth happy, avoid eating sugary foods as much as possible.
With that said, some sugar will naturally gets into most everyone’s diet, so if you have a choice, make a special effort to steer clear of sugary foods like taffy, gum, and hard candies, which have a way of sticking to your teeth.
4. Take care of your overall health.
Your general health affects your oral health, and vice versa. For example, hypertension (high blood pressure) can increase your risk for tooth loss and gum disease. Additionally, type II diabetes can cause damage to your heart, nerves, kidneys, and your teeth and gums.
Regular physicals, consistent exercise, and a healthy diet can help you avoid these problems and protect your oral health. Also make sure to manage any existing conditions according to your doctor’s orders and by taking the proper medications.
5. See your dentist regularly
Finally, make regular appointments to visit your dentist each year. Even if you have no mouth pain and feel that your teeth are doing fine, it’s important to see your dentist for a thorough cleaning and a checkup.
Your dentist will look over the health of your teeth and possibly take X-rays. You don’t need X-rays every time you go to the dentist, but getting them taken regularly will ensure that you monitor the internal structure of your oral cavity and catch any cavities early.
Following all of these oral health guidelines is essential to keeping your own teeth long into old age. Schedule an appointment with our Bellingham dentist to make sure your teeth are being taken care of!