With age comes inevitable change, and this applies to the health of teeth. Tooth loss becomes a more likely possibility as time goes on because teeth simply weaken. To keep a stunning smile and avoid dentures, develop positive oral health habits now to ward off future complications.
1. Brush Right
Though brushing teeth is common knowledge, many fail to do it correctly. Brush two times a day or more with either a soft or medium bristled toothbrush, especially after meals or snacks. Cover every area using short vertical strokes for a total of three minutes with a flouride toothpaste.
2. Flossing is a Necessity
Flossing helps to eliminate both food residue and plaque build-up from the teeth. This is not only beneficial to the teeth but to the health of the surrounding gums as well. Not all plaque can be removed through proper brushing, and flossing each tooth vertically will aid in removing what a toothbrush may have missed.
3. Mouth Rinses
Though most often used to combat unpleasant breath, the antibacterial properties of mouth rinses can help to reduce plaque. Dentist prescribed mouth rinses tend to be stronger and therefore more effective but even an antiseptic rinse purchased at the nearest retail store will yield positive results.
4. Sugar-Free Gum
The production of saliva often decreases with age and dry gums can then be susceptible to various infections. Chewing sugar-free gum can increase the production of saliva by neutralizing the acids within the mouth. The gum is also a preferable alternative to sugary snack cravings.
5. Food and Beverage Pitfalls
Candy has long been known to cause tooth decay but even starchy food can pose a danger. The fermentation of carbohydrates can increase acidity within the mouth which eventually will erode tooth enamel. Carbonated sports drinks and sodas are also a threat for their production of excessive acid.
6. Another Good Reason to Stop Smoking
Tooth loss is a considerably higher risk for a smoker. Tobacco both inhibits the body's natural immune response and reduces the flow of blood to the gums. Even smoking a pack a day could result in an average loss of two teeth per decade. Ceasing a smoking habit has the added benefit of protecting one's teeth.
Teeth are used daily to bite, tear and chew. It is natural for teeth to age as the body ages. Keeping a routine of good oral care in combination with regular dental visits can ensure the health of one's teeth for years to come.
Information credited to Dr. Peter Wong , specializes in dentures in Surrey, BC.
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