September is a month that celebrates healthy aging in people across the world. While we do often look to diet and the amount of exercise that we’re getting when it comes to how we age, there is so much more that becomes a component of aging well. At Dr. Coakley & Dr. Trainor’s dental care office, we, of course, are a little biased as to how important dental care is as you age, but the truth is that this is an area that goes neglected and unnoticed by all too many people. Seeing as how it is Healthy Aging Month, we wanted to provide you with a few dental care tips that will help you maintain your oral health as you age.
Brush Your Teeth Twice A Day
Brushing is always going to be an important dental care procedure to complete, but it becomes more important the older that you get. There are plenty of reasons that this is the case. As we age, our body doesn’t retain vitamins as well as it once did, so vitamins like Vitamin C that strengthen your teeth may not be immediately driven to your teeth because there are deficiencies in other areas of your body. By brushing twice daily, on a regular basis, you minimize the chances of plaque and bacteria ruining the enamel on your teeth, even in the case that they are weaker than they once were.
Flossing Daily Is A Must
Just as with brushing, flossing becomes much more important the older that we get. Our gums are more susceptible to the bacteria and plaque that sits on our teeth, and when it becomes overpowering, it affects our gums. At this point, where teeth are already slightly weaker, it’s so much easier for the plaque to get to the root of your tooth and into your gums. This means that the chances of your teeth falling out or developing gingivitis are much higher, especially if you’re not flossing on a regular basis.
Make sure that you are taking care of your smile as you age by following these two tips as you age. Aside from that, make sure to schedule an appointment at our dentist office twice a year so that we can ensure your teeth are doing well.