Although our teeth were designed to last a lifetime, the aging process can weaken teeth and leave them susceptible to damage. Foods, bad habits, hormonal changes, and injury can all affect oral and dental health over many years. This is why it’s important to know how to properly care for your teeth as you age.
How Aging Changes Your Teeth
As we age, the enamel of our teeth can break down. This is caused by plaque. Plaque occurs when food particles combine with bacteria to create an acidic environment. Cavities and tooth decay arise from this environment. In addition, habits like using tobacco products, brushing teeth too hard, or teeth grinding can weaken teeth and lead to gum recession. Saliva production is also very important to the health of teeth. Saliva acts as a natural mouth rinse. Older adults may have dry mouth due to medication. For this reason, teeth are more susceptible to damage.
What to Do to Care for Teeth as You Age
To prevent demineralization in teeth and keep teeth healthy for a lifetime, we recommend adhering to a diligent daily routine. Brush teeth twice a day with a soft bristled brush for two minutes daily. Be sure to floss teeth once a day. Flossing teeth removes food particles from in between teeth. This will help combat plaque buildup and cavities. Take care of your gums. If you notice inflamed or bleeding gums, let us know. This may be a sign of gum disease that will need to be cared for. If you have dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water to rinse mouth after each meal. Maintain regular dental visits for cleaning.
With proper care and guidance, teeth can stay young and healthy. Ask us today about what we can do to help you take care of your teeth for years to come!
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