There’s no question that our bodies undergo many changes as we age. Consequently, oral health changes as well, putting us at a greater risk for periodontal (gum) disease, cavities, and tooth loss. What’s more is that the nerves in teeth become smaller with age, making us less sensitive to the development of cavities or tooth decay. While the odds may seem against us, however, it is still possible to have a healthy mouth as we age.
Healthy Habits For A Healthy Mouth
- Brush twice each day using an electric toothbrush, or a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Floss each day with a flossing tool or an easy glide floss.
- Do you wear full or partial dentures? Remember—they must be cleaned everyday, and give your mouth a break by removing them for at least 4 hours daily (night-time is the best time for most individuals).
- Consider what beverages you’re drinking. Whenever possible, opt for tap water, as it contains fluoride.
- Consider your diet. Are you eating too much sugar or refined foods?
- Do you smoke? Smoking increases the risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay. Dental professionals provide support for those wanting to stop smoking.
- Do not skip regular dental visits! Routine visits allow dentists to detect early signs of decay, saving patients money from extensive dental work down the road.
With a greater emphasis on overall health and wellness, dental professionals spend more and more time helping patients understand the connection between oral and overall health. Though research is ongoing, there is a considerable connection between inflammation in the mouth (tooth decay, gum disease) and diabetes or even heart disease. The bottom line—if you want to feel good overall, good oral health is a good place to start.
Dr. Leia Porcaro continues to serve patients in Marietta with compassion and excellence at her practice, Grateful Dental. Though Dr. Porcaro is highly qualified in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, she strongly believes that preventative care goes a long way in helping patients achieve optimal oral health and maintaining it. She also knows that a healthy mouth does a body good.
To schedule an appointment for yourself of a family member, call Grateful Dental today.