With the advances in technology in the field of healthcare, we are living longer, and our smiles are too. Our oral health can also stay healthy longer, with modern advances in dentistry. But aging does invite issues that we may need to be aware of so we can prevent problems. Today we would like to share some dental tips to help your smile go with you as you age.
Tip #1 Aging affects your teeth, as they can become more fragile. To keep your tooth enamel strong, you can expose them to the mineral known as fluoride. This protective substance helps the enamel protect the dentin and tooth pulp below to keep out cavities. Ways you can incorporate this helpful mineral may include fluoride tablets, a fluoride toothpaste, or a fluoride treatment with our dental team.
Tip #2 Tobacco in any form has been linked to oral cancer and increases your chances of tooth decay. Using this substance for any length of time has an accumulative damaging effect. If you can stop this habit, your smile and your health can vastly improve. Fortunately, there are tobacco cessation supports to help make the transition easier.
Tip #3 Medications tend to come with side effects, and one side effect is dry mouth. Dry mouth can invite problems as it decreases healthy levels of saliva. Cavities and gum disease can be the result. You can ask your doctor about finding a medicinal alternative that doesn’t cause dry mouth. Drinking more water while avoiding caffeinated drinks which act as diuretics can also help. Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the production of saliva which can also aid your efforts.
Tip #4 Removing bacterial plaque will help your teeth and gums stay healthier longer. Along with brushing and flossing every day, you can add an antibacterial mouthwash to the mix. Using an ADA approved product will make sure it is safe and effective.
Your smile doesn’t have to go by the wayside as you age. You can maintain strong oral health by taking good care of your smile and your body. Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential to your smile and will support your daily efforts. To schedule a visit with our dentist, please call Adrienne L. Fang, DDS in Valencia California at 661-253-0588 today. Dr. Adrienne Fang is here to help your smile be better!