Oral Health for Seniors
April 5, 2021 / FAMILY GENERAL DENTISTRY
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Being proactive about your health and well-being becomes even more important as you age. This includes your oral health. Healthy lifestyles, better care options and advances in oral hygiene have made it possible for many seniors to maintain a full set of pearly whites for life.
Here are some things you can do to maintain good oral health as you age.
Good oral hygiene
This goes without saying. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and try to floss every day. Not only does this keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy and strong but taking care of your gums can also reduce the likelihood of developing some types of heart disease.
Regular dentist visits
Regular checkups from the team at Lawrence Avenue Dental can make a world of difference in your oral health. This group of professionals is specially trained, not only to care for your teeth and gums, but also to spot early warning signs of some cancers, so don’t skip out on your regular visits with your dentist and hygienist.
Mind your medications
There are certain types of medications that cause dry mouth, and the potential of these medications being prescribed to you increases as you age. Less saliva in the mouth increases the chance for cavities and other oral health problems, so it’s important to know if your medications list dry mouth as a side effect. If they do, make sure to drink a lot of water to counteract this side effect, and see your dentist regularly.
Eating and drinking a lot of fresh, healthy foods and water are key to living a long and healthy life. This will have a positive impact on every element of your health, including your oral health.
As dental care advances, it becomes more and more possible to live the rest of your life with a full set of strong, healthy teeth. If you have any questions about your oral health, reach out to the team at Lawrence Avenue Dental today. Our office is conveniently located on Lawrence Avenue, just East from DVP. Ample free parking is available.