We’re told that dental health needs to be addressed at an early age. Oral health is a sign of overall health. If you are taking good care of your teeth, no doubt you are taking good care of other areas of your life as well. Getting older doesn’t diminish the fact that it’s important to adhere to dental guidelines to improve your quality of life. It perpetuates the need to focus on your teeth and smile even more. Here are several symptoms of dental health to watch out for when entering your “third act:”
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity to extreme food temperatures
- Gaps in the teeth
- Loose crowns
- Yellowing teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Inability to chew on crunchy or sticky foods without pain in the jaw
- Teeth clenching at night that leads to facial soreness the following day
- Racing heart rate
The connection between dental health and overall health becomes more pronounced in elderly members due to risk factors associated with older age. Living longer is an asset, however regular dental checkups also become vital to maintaining a smooth transition into baby boomer years.
Preventative Measures You Can Take
You don’t have to be a senior citizen to begin taking your dental health more seriously. As a matter of fact, the earlier you begin proper oral health protocol, the better off you’ll be as you enter into your later years. Preventative measures look something like this:
- Brushing with a soft toothbrush. Not vigorously, but in gentle circular motions covering each tooth and your gums.
- Swishing warm water in your mouth after eating- This helps release excess food particles and avoids the formation of bacteria, at least until you are able to brush and floss.
- Avoidance of teeth-staining foods – Beets, cranberries, red wine, curry, colas, black teas, and coffee can all be consumed in moderation. Also, adhering to the swishing warm water tactic above is very beneficial as well.
- Use a stainless steel straw when consuming acidic liquids. This draws the fluids towards the back of the throat and avoids acidity remaining too long on your teeth and gums.
- Avoid tobacco products – Not only does this jeopardize your heart and lungs, but your teeth are also at risk. Chewing tobacco has been linked to oral cancer.
- Visit your dentist regularly – Along with annual doctor visits you need, biannual visits to your dentist are required. With an exam and consultation, your dentist is able to pinpoint areas of concern and offer further guidelines in proper dental care.
How Dr. Ang Can Help
At Amherst Village Dental in southern New Hampshire, Dr. Ang and his professional team are geared to assist in a successful dental health transition into your baby boomer years. We work with a wide variety of patients of all ages, and find the elderly population to be very receptive and driven towards maintaining their oral care. Give us a call and schedule your consultation. We are here to answer your questions and help your third act of life to be your best.