Is My Oral Health Really Important Over the Age of 60?

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No matter the age, whether 6-years old or 67-years old, our teeth are very important! Teeth help you to function much more than you probably think. They help us to properly chew foods so that we can eat and to help us when we want to speak. Plus, it’s just a bonus that they allow us to smile confidently. It’s very important that our teeth are taken care of, especially as we age. The older we get, the more important it is for us to take proper care of our teeth and oral health.

In fact, growing older is an inevitable part of life and many changes may occur including in the mouth. The nerves in the teeth tend to become smaller, making the teeth more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease and other dental issues. In order to prevent any sort of dental concerns, it is recommended that you receive routine teeth cleanings and dental examinations every 6 months.

Maintaining a healthy mouth is just one step to an overall healthier life! In addition to regular dental appointments, you should make it a priority to practice healthy at-home oral hygiene.

Some things you should consider in order to maintain a healthy mouth are as follows:

Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled or electric toothbrush twice a day– Once in the morning and once at night before bed.

Floss your teeth at least once a day with dental floss. If you can try to floss before bed this would be the most beneficial to remove the bacteria that has build-up between the teeth during the day.

If you wear a full or partial dentures, remember to keep these clean each day and soaking them in a safe cleaning solution at night.

Try to drink tap water as most tap water contains fluoride, which helps to prevent tooth decay.

Try to refrain or quit from smoking since smoking increases the risk for gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. Talk with your doctor if you may be looking for advice on how to quit smoking.

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At Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we take pride in maintaining healthy smiles. We want your teeth to function and look as good as they can, which is why we suggest routine dental cleanings and exams every 6 months. If you think you may have put your oral health on the back burner for a little while, please contact our Great Falls dental office today. Our staff would be more than happy to schedule you for your first visit with us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!