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Having more candles on your birthday cake and fewer teeth in your mouth do not necessarily go hand in hand. Oral healthcare for seniors is extremely important.  It is true that aging does make your teeth more susceptible to dental damage due to wear.  However, there are several things you can do to maintain excellent oral hygiene and decrease severe oral health problems such as gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.

 

  1. Brush your teeth properly. Use proper brushing techniques with a soft bristled toothbrush.  Hard bristles can damage the enamel of your teeth or your gums.  Not brushing thoroughly or brushing too fast can leave behind harmful tartar and plaque. Make sure to brush for two minutes at least twice daily.

 

  1. Floss every day to remove plaque and food particles from hard to reach places. Flossing teeth is very effective in reducing the incidence of gum disease.

 

  1. Drink plenty of water daily. This can help wash away harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. Drinking water can also help increase your saliva production and avoid dry-mouth or xerostomia.  Saliva is important when discussing oral health because it both lubricates the mouth and balances the mouth’s acidity, thereby preventing tooth decay.  Certain diseases or medications can affect how much saliva is produced in the mouth.

 

  1. Quit smoking. In addition to reducing the risk of lung cancer and heart disease, the health of your gums and teeth can be improved by not smoking.

 

  1. Schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. Routine dental exams can catch oral health problems early on. This is very important to prevent further damage.

 

Practicing good oral hygiene can help seniors enjoy healthy smiles for years to come.

If you notice changes in your oral health, experience increased tooth sensitivity, or have any questions regarding your overall oral health, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Recksiedler or Dr. Gulbransen.

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