3 Tips for Your Oral Health as You Age
As we age our bodies change, and this is true for our teeth and gums, too! Not only that, but the everyday wear and tear of life can take a toll on your teeth. Here are three tips on what to expect and how to maintain oral health as you grow in years and wisdom:
- Take it easy … reduce the wear and tear on your teeth
Teeth are very strong and this is still true as you age, however, like all things they can be worn down. A lifetime of use chewing, grinding, biting, and tearing cause your teeth to wear down over time. To help combat this, be conscious of the stress you are putting on your teeth and when possible cut down on chewing hard foods or ice that can cause damage.
- Attack dry mouth
As you age you may experience dry mouth caused by a reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is important to lubricate your mouth, wash foods away, and combat acids produced by plaque. The easiest way to combat dry mouth is to drink more water. You can also suck sugarless candy or chewing gum.
- Keep an eye out for changes in your mouth
Keep a diligent eye on your mouth and oral health looking for changes including pain and bleeding as well as changes to your tooth color, and gums and speak with your dentist about it.
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