Caring for Your Oral Health As You Age
When you think about your oral health over the years, do you have regrets and wish you could go back in time? It can be difficult as an adult to see the state of your oral health and realize the changes you could have made at an earlier age for a different outcome. While it is good to reflect, we can only make beneficial changes moving forward. One of the benefits of advancements in dental technology and treatments is that we can improve and enhance a number of dental health issues and concerns at any age. We want to stress the importance of taking care of your teeth at every age, especially as you become older.
Changes in Your Oral Health as You Age
As we get older, we begin to see various changes in our bodies, and our teeth and gums are no exception. This is one of the important reasons that maintaining proper oral hygiene is stressed from an early age. While aging does not necessarily equal dental decay and needed treatments, a number of patients do experience dental problems as they become older. Many times, these difficulties are due in part to other medical issues or medications. It is extremely important to remain diligent with your hygiene examinations and needed treatments. Our team can continue to inspect for changes to your teeth and gums. When you visit our office, it is extremely important to note any changes in medical conditions or medications that may be affecting your oral health.
Ways to Help Your Teeth
We encourage you to reach out to our office if you notice any changes to your oral health. These changes can come in the form of oral discomfort, increased sensitivity, dry mouth, or receding gums. There are simple ways that you can continue to help your oral health:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day
- Switching to an electric toothbrush
- Drink more water
- Floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet being sure to limit sugar intake
If you are located in the Bowie, MD area and have not visited our office within the past six months for a hygiene examination, we would love to see you. As always, if you are experiencing any form of discomfort in your mouth, please call our office as soon as possible so we can ensure that there are no issues.