This post was written by Miranda Garcia-Gordon, Community Relations Coordinator in Espanola, NM.
How do we keep a bright healthy smile over the age of 60?
A healthy mouth improves your appearance and allows you to maintain a healthy and pain-free lifestyle. It also helps speech and self-esteem. Take a few minutes to do a few things things to maintain oral health: brushing and flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly, and eating healthy.
Although it's not easy, eliminating tobacco is very necessary for maintaining and improving dental health and hygiene. If you can’t quit smoking, ask your doctor for advice.
Here are a few other tips to maintain mouth health, from your friends at Familia Dental:
Using an electronic tooth brush may be easier to handle for those with physical impairments. They are also easy for caregivers to use when cleaning someone else’s teeth.
Fluoride is always important in a dental routine.
If you’re not already using a toothpaste with fluoride we suggest you switch to one soon. Fluoride protects the surface of teeth and wards off decay. Drinking fluoridated water, especially tap water can also help defend against tooth decay. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day! Staying hydrated can also help people look and feel younger, because it improves energy levels and the appearance of the skin.
Although getting older may or may not cause dry mouth there are certain aspects of aging that can, such as chronic illnesses and increased usage of medications. Dry mouth increases the risk of developing tooth decay, since saliva actually protects your teeth. Try using a moisturizing mouthwash or spray to help decrease symptoms of dry mouth.
If you have dentures or implants, dental care is still extremely important!
Many adults think that getting pearly white dentures means that they no longer need to see a dentist. Well that’s simply not true!
Regardless of whether or not a person has real or false teeth, one should visit the dentist every six months, as recommended by the ADA. These regular visits are important to ensure proper denture fit, to look for any signs of oral disease including cancer, and to have teeth and gums professionally cleaned.
Are you in pain? Has it been years since you’ve seen the dentist? Do you want dentures, but haven’t taken the leap yet? You’ve waited long enough! Take charge of your smile.
Book an appointment at Familia Dental because we’re in your neighborhood, and we’re here to help.