Your oral health is very important to maintain as you age for many reasons. The primary and most important are that poor oral health has been linked to many medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. In a time where some folks tend to slow down in their routines, it is more important than ever to take care of your teeth and gums.
Below are five suggestions on how to keep your oral health so that you can continue to live a long and healthy life.
- Floss Every Day; A wise dental hygienist once told me, “just floss the teeth you plan to keep.” Flossing removes bacteria which if left unchecked is the root of many health problems. These days flossing has never been easier thanks to the invention of the flosser. Using this device will cut flossing down to less than 30 seconds so no excuses!
- Limit your soft drink intake. Most soft drinks are highly acidic and contain a ton of sugar. Acid will wear your enamel down over time and sugar will rot your teeth.
- Stay hydrated; It is not uncommon for older adults, especially men to use the bathroom more in old age which causes people to drink less and this causes “dry mouth”. Dry mouth causes bad breath and chronic bad breath is known as halitosis. Up your water intake. It’s good for you overall health and might just help out your love life too. Wink wink.
- If missing a tooth, discuss implants with your dentist. Not only will it help your appearance leading to more confidence, you will also be able to eat more types of food. Yes, it’s expensive but shop around. Most dentists will work with you on payments.
- Get a dental plan! Statistics show that those with dental coverage are far more likely to visit the dentist then those without.