Is A Healthy Smile Possible After 60?
As we get older, many changes occur to our bodies. Some we can control, or slow down, but most we cannot. Good health and fitness is the key to staying young and fit. Dental health has been proven to be directly linked to your overall health. There are numerous scientific studies which link systemic disease to oral health. So, a key ingredient towards a healthy, youthful, body is a healthy smile.
Dental Health Tips
-Regular Visits To The Dentist. Routine dental health visits are important not only for the health of your teeth but they are also an opportunity to check for signs of other diseases such as oral cancer. Changes can be monitored and treated quickly and aggressively (if needed) when regularly scheduled dental visits are maintained.
-Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home. A daily routine should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing or waterpicking. Brushing should be done a minimum of 2 times per day for at least 2 minutes each time. Flossing should be done at least once per day. Rinsing with an antibacterial rinse, or irrigating the oral tissues and periodontal pockets with a waterpick, will complete the regimen.
-Cosmetic Dentistry. As we age, our teeth change from wear and tear. They may become darker over time, may be worn down or cracked in different areas, and may even shift. Grinding, bad habits like smoking, aggressive brushing, clenching, etc. cause the teeth to become stained, and worn. Cosmetic dentistry can help give you back a more youthful, healthy appearance. Procedures may include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and teeth whitening. A whiter brighter smile is within reach.
-Dry mouth. As we get older, oral dryness(xerostomia) becomes more frequent. Dry mouth can cause bad breath, cavities, increase gum disease, and may also be a symptom of systemic disease or medication use. You may want to try to drink more water, or perhaps oil pulling. The water or oil will act as a saliva replacement keeping tissues and teeth moist. Another good tip is to chew xylitol gum. Xylitol has been shown to not only stimulate salivary flow but also protect our teeth against tooth decay.
-Medications. Many medications have side effects. Some can make your gums overgrow, cause dry mouth, unstable bone, tooth staining, cavities, or “fake toothaches”. Be sure to know what oral side effects your medications may cause. Always let your dentist know about all of your medications.
-Well Balanced Diet. Nutrition is important for our body as well as our dental health. Vitamin C, Phosphorous, and Calcium are important building blocks for healthy teeth and gums. Most healthy foods are crunchy and need to be chewed properly for proper breakdown and digestion. Healthy teeth will allow you to have the ability to chew the raw fruits , nuts and veggies you need in a healthy diet.
-Orthodontics. As we age, our teeth can shift causing crowding or spacing in different areas of the mouth. Orthodontics can give you back that youthful smile or give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Adult orthodontics are very successful when done in conjunction with monitoring by a periodontist, and more frequent cleanings at the dentist office.
-Dental Implants. Missing teeth can make you feel awkward and uncomfortable upon smiling, socially awkward, or may make you look older than you are. With modern advances in dental technology, materials, and techniques replacing lost teeth can be done with very natural cosmetic results. Implants are a great way to achieve cosmetics, strength, and durability. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The best part is, once restored, the dental implants should last a lifetime.
Dental Health Conclusion
A healthy smile needs constant care but the results are well worth it. A healthy, bright smile will portray youth, confidence, and vitality. It will also help us to keep as healthy as possible. The best way to start down the right path is to visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings.