Keeping all your biological teeth throughout your lifetime is a goal that is not only achievable, but will ultimately save you time, money, and your dental health. Your dentist can help you reach this goal, but you must do your part.
Throughout your childhood, teen, and adult years there are many things you can do to maintain healthy teeth and gums:
Brush: As soon as you are able to hold a tooth brush, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice each day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel.
Floss: While brushing is important, flossing is critical. There are areas that your tooth brush can’t reach and food debris that is not removed encourages plaque growth. Using dental floss correctly not only removes food particles, it stimulates gum tissue improving oral health.
Dental Visits: As children, it is up to our parents to make sure we see the dentist. Once we reach adulthood, it is our responsibility to continue this step to maintain this part of our dental health. Seeing the dentist every six months can mean the difference between enjoying dental health and incurring serious oral problems.
There are other choices that can impact dental health. Tobacco use is possibly the most detrimental action that we can control … smokers risk developing oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth loss that can carry over into the retirement years.
Limiting sugary snacks and beverages; drinking water instead of soda or juice; getting proper nutrition and rest … these things all contribute to dental health.
Tooth loss due to trauma, decay, or disease might not be unavoidable; however, not replacing those lost teeth is detrimental to your health and lifestyle. Missing teeth can impact the foods you are able to eat, how you speak, and your appearance.
To enjoy eating your favorite foods, speaking clearly, and smiling with self-confidence well into your retirement years, you have to continue doing the things that have kept your teeth healthy all your life. Brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.
If a dental problem should occur, see to it right away. Early action often prevents excessive dental repair. Honoring all of these points will be rewarded with great dental health and a beautiful smile throughout your retirement years.