Getting older does not mean that you have to live with lost teeth. Yes, your mouth does change as you get older and your teeth may suffer wear as time goes on, but there are steps that you can take to ensure that your smile lasts a lifetime.
To keep your smile in top condition, you should continue to use a fluoride toothpaste, or a fluoride rinse. If your water supply is fluoridated, you should drink more tap water. Doing so will supplement your fluoride intake, and will help to keep your mouth hydrated. Avoiding dry mouth will help prevent gum disease, tooth loss and bad breath. Brush twice a day, and floss at least once a day. If you use tobacco, it is never too late to quit. Tobacco use can lead to gum disease and cancer. Remember to clean your dentures once a day, and soak them for at least four hours.
A big part of keeping your mouth healthy no matter your age is regular visits to your dentist for your routine cleanings and checkups. Not only will your dentist clean your teeth, but he can also check for cavities, gum diseases, damage to your enamel and decay at the roots of your teeth. This can occur as your gums recede and your dentist can address that problem before it can do serious damage to your smile. In addition to treating you for any issues in your mouth and teeth, your dentist can also work with you regarding cosmetic options to make sure that you have a healthy and beautiful smile.
If you live in the New Albany, Ohio, area and would like to visit with our dentist, Dr. Timothy Backiewicz, we would love to schedule you for an appointment. You can reach New Albany Family Dentistry by calling 614-656-4379. We look forward to seeing you soon.