Aging affects every part of our body, including the mouth and teeth. As our bodies change with each passing year, it becomes more crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. Having the right information about potential changes to teeth and gums helps us maintain control of our overall health.
Here are some ways getting older affects our dental health:
- Risk of tooth loss
- Danger of tooth caries, gum disease, and oral infection
- Dry mouth/reduced production of saliva
- Potentially exacerbates existing health problems (e.g. diabetes and cancer)
- Tooth discolouration
Tips for Maintaining Great Oral Health
Although aging is inevitable, its effect on dental health can be managed with preventative measures:
1. Brushing teeth twice daily and flossing after each meal helps remove plaque and prevents tartar formation, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
2. Tooth enamel is amazingly strong. However, with time, it can wear. Using fluoride toothpaste helps strengthen teeth and prevent dental caries.
3. Drink plenty of water after each meal to wash away bacteria and food particles. Doing this also prevents dry mouth, which increases cavity risk.
4. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of lung cancer and helps reduce the likelihood of tooth loss from periodontal disease.
5. Clean dentures daily, per your dentist’s instructions. Using a non-abrasive toothpaste or special solution helps kill bacteria that thrive on dental restoration devices.
6. Eating nutritious diet helps oral health. Incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and dairy products in your diet. Limit consumption of starchy and sugary foods.
Aging does not have to affect the health of our smiles. Practicing good oral hygiene can preserve our overall health.
Visit your trusted dental professional for a regular checkup at least every six months. Please call Ohana Dental Clinic at (905) 697-3440 or send us an email to request a consultation and learn more about our dental services.