As you get older, it is easy to assume that tooth loss is inevitable. This is not true! When properly taken care of, teeth can last a lifetime.
Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, with ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. The ADA Seal of Acceptance means that you are getting a product that has been through vigorous testing to ensure a quality product. There are many kinds of toothbrushes and toothpastes available. You may find as you get older that tooth sensitivity changes. Talk with your dentist about the toothpaste formula that best fits your dental needs.
Floss between your teeth every day, for 2-3 each session. If you have trouble reaching all areas of your mouth, an alternative such as water-flossing may help you. Talk to your dentist about options that are right for you.
If you have dentures or partial dentures, make sure to remove them daily for cleaning. It is best that they are removed for at least 4 hours a day. Though dentures can at times make it difficult to eat certain foods, make sure you are eating balanced meals with calcium-providing foods such as milk, cheese, dark leafy greens, orange juice with calcium, or beans.
Drinking lots of water helps your overall health as well as your oral health. Fluoridated water, available to 75% of the United States, is particularly helpful. Just think–water straight from the tap is a great protector from cavities!
For more information as your mouth changes as you age, consult your dentist regularly. Dr. [doctr_name] and our team at CrossPointe Dental are always happy to help! Call 801-224-7337 to schedule an appointment today!