Have you ever looked directly into the mouth of a 104-year-old lady? To a young boy who is approximately 94 years younger and a few inches shorter than the lady in question, it can be quite a traumatic experience to be faced with the inner trappings of such a mouth when this old lady approaches him for the proverbial hug and kiss and all he sees (and smells!) is 104 years of whatever has gone into that mouth. To a dentist, whatever goes into a mouth greatly affects not only one’s teeth and gums, but one’s overall health, as well.
I have often wondered what my blue-haired granny does in terms of oral health care. I mean, let’s face it, whenever I go to the dentist for my regular check-up, I am bombarded with a litany of questions so the practitioner can determine if I am truly keeping up with the home care of my teeth. I admit, I am not always great at regular flossing, but I do brush four times per day. My weak excuses when it comes to the flossing part usually rest on how busy I am to do that.
However, I interviewed my dentist and discovered a few interesting things about our teeth and gums. Grandma Kora and I want to share those with you in this forum. There is one thing you have to understand about Grandma. Her catch-phrases include, “Good eatin’” and “As long as I can still eat, I am fine.” Suffice it to say, discussion at breakfast usually includes what is on the lunch menu. She goes on cruises not for the destination points, but for the round-the-clock availability of food. Grandma does not tip the scales, but she does see eating as a sport, and she is going for the gold!
With all of that “good eatin’,” we have to assume Grandma tends to regular brushing and flossing. As I learned in my research for this article, the care we take of our teeth and gums significantly impacts our overall health. Grandma does brush her teeth (thank goodness), although with her limited vision, she may not cover every part of her mouth (hence, the occasional stench of bad breath my sons endure whenever she leans over to hug them).