Aging is a natural part of life many of us will be lucky enough to experience. While no one likes to think about graying hair or slowed physical movement, there are a lot of things that you can do to age gracefully and avoid unnecessary issues into your senior years.
When it comes to dental health, taking care of your teeth is even more important as you age. Here are some things to consider.
Brushing More Often is Recommended
If you’ve been following the “brush two times a day” rule and are over age fifty, you should reconsider your oral health. It’s actually recommended that you clean your teeth and mouth more often as plaque builds up quickly and can be hard to get rid of – opening the door for other health issues. Be sure to use a soft bristle tooth brush though since frequent or harsh brushing also takes a toll on your gums- which become more sensitive with age.
Be Mindful of Medications
Most of us won’t be able to avoid taking some kind of medications as we age. It’s important to understand the side effects of those drugs on your oral health so you can put safeguards in place to protect your teeth. One of the most common side effects with medication is dry mouth. While you may not think that affects your teeth, the lack of saliva in your mouth can actually increase tooth decay. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated.
How Oral Health Can Affect Our Bodies
Bacteria’s and other infections that live inside of our mouths don’t only affect that area. In fact many of those issues spill over into other parts of our body and can take a toll on our overall health. Did you know that gum disease and bacteria that enters our bloodstream through our gums is a leading cause of heart disease? Plaque build-up can even cause heart attacks and stroke.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the dentist and would like to start taking better care of your teeth, contact Fried Dentistry. Our friendly, professional service helps prevent, diagnose, and treat a variety of dental conditions including root canals, impacted wisdom teeth, cavities, and other common tooth decay problems. Contact us today!