As you age, your teeth do too. And, the everyday wear and tear can start to take a toll on your teeth and gums. To prevent oral problems from occurring as you get older, you need to adjust your dental routine slightly. It’s also important to pay attention to what your teeth are telling you and what’s happening in your mouth. Here are some things you should focus on when it’s time for your dental routine to change.
Protect Your Enamel
Over time, the firm enamel surface of your teeth begins to wears down. Being more cautious about what you eat and drink can help to maintain your delicate teeth as you age. You need to protect the strength of your teeth by avoiding eating hard substances and sugary foods like hard candy, now and into the future.
Even though this should already be part of your regular dental regime, most people don’t floss as often as they should. And, as you age, plaque buildup and tooth decay get more difficult to manage, especially if you don’t take care of your teeth when you’re young. And since your gums can’t be replaced, if you don’t take proper care of them now you may experience receding gums, increased sensitivity, and even tooth loss. So it’s crucial that you floss at least once a day starting now, no matter what age you are.
Go Easy when Brushing
As mentioned earlier, as you age, your enamel can soften, and your gums are more prone to receding. That’s why it’s essential for you to brush after each and every meal and switch to a soft bristle brush that will be gentler on your gums.
Maintain Your Implants and Dentures
Even without your original teeth, caring for your implants and dentures should be an important part of your dental routine as you age. Brushing is just as important when you have implants and partial dentures as it is for taking care of your other teeth to prevent gum disease.
The most important thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy as you age is to take care of them today. If you’ve fallen off your dental routine, now is the time to get back on track. Caring for your teeth today will ensure that they’re in good shape to serve you into the future. No matter what your age is, you need to take care of your teeth. Contact us at Rockcliffe Dental for your next appointment.