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Oral Health Tips for your Golden Years

Posted on 6/25/2015 by Zac Bird
An elderly woman receiving a dental cleaning.As you age, things start to change. You might get a few more wrinkles, you may shrink a little, you get a little less flexible, and your endurance is diminished. In addition, however, are the changes that occur to your oral health. The largest issues to watch for as you age include oral cancer, gum disease, and excessive decay which can lead to tooth loss. The good news is that most of these issues can be either prevented or at least cared for if they are caught early on.

Keep your Regular Dental Appointments

The best way to stay on top of your oral health is to keep your regular appointments. It is impossible for you to tell if you have suspicious spots in your mouth or if your gums are past the point of the first stages of gingivitis on your own. You need the professionals to have a look inside your mouth as well as the results that would come from digital x-rays. This in-depth look can tell not only what is going on right now, but also what you may be at risk for getting in the near future. Wouldn't you rather fix something before it gets out of hand rather than having to undergo extensive procedures?

Eat a Healthy Diet
As you age, nutrition becomes even more important than ever before. Your diet should consist of a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. You should take care to avoid sugar, carbohydrates, and processed foods, or at the very least eat them in moderation. Not only do these unhealthy foods cause tooth decay, but they put your overall health at risk, making it difficult to fight off gum disease and other oral health diseases. The lower your immune system is, the harder it becomes to keep a healthy mouth. Try to eat the color of the rainbow at every meal and make your focus on fruits and vegetables rather than on carbohydrates and protein for the greatest variety and best chance at good oral health.

Maintain Good Oral Health Habits

Brushing and flossing are just as important in your golden years as they were when you were younger. In fact, your mouth can become even more at risk for decay as you age, rather than less! Brush your teeth at least every morning and night. If you have the ability, brush after every time that you eat, you will enhance your oral health even further. If you cannot brush and/or floss, at the very least chew a piece of sugarless gum that is approved by the ADA and drink a glass of water to eliminate the food debris in your teeth, giving your teeth a fighting chance at preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

As you get older and have to take medication and find it more difficult to brush your teeth properly, do not be afraid to ask for help. Your oral health is worth every bit of help that you can get. It is vital that you get to your regular dental appointments and that you are brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Talk to your doctor about the risk of oral health problems that are a side effect of any of the medications that he prescribes as well as any alternatives that are available in order to ensure optimal oral health as you age.

You should be enjoying your golden years. If you have not been in for an appointment in a while, take the time today to please call us for an appointment and get you oral health back on track.









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