As you get older, you notice that your hair may thin or your muscle mass may dissipate. Another thing you will likely notice is changes in your teeth and gums. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits throughout your life can certainly help you as you age, but as you can develop conditions that affect your bones the same is true of your teeth.
What most patients don't realize is that unhealthy gums cause most of the problems with your aging mouth. But take heart, you are not doomed to losing a bright smile. There are steps you can take as you age to maintain that beautiful smile that has aged with you.
What Steps Should I Take? At the top of the list is of steps you should take is to not miss coming here for your routine dental exams that you should be having twice a year. Continue to brush your teeth twice daily with a soft brush that will protect your enamel. Pay close attention to teeth that have old fillings as that is where your problems are most likely to occur. Of course, you should floss daily.
Eating calcium-rich foods also will help you. Be sure you drink milk fortified with vitamin D. Recently it has been discovered that fresh cranberries can prevent oral bacteria from bonding with your enamel. Cheese sticks to your teeth and protects them from the acid that causes tooth decay. Apples, carrots, and celery can help clean your teeth and keep your breath fresh.
To help you combat bacteria and reduce inflammation that can affect your gums, you should eat foods high in anti-oxidants. Some of these are nuts and legumes, as well as certain fruits and vegetables. Spices like turmeric also are anti-inflammatory and can simply be added to your food to spice it up a bit. When you come for your regular visit, we would be happy to discuss dietary changes you can make that will help protect your teeth, gums and your smile.