7 Tips for Better Senior Oral Health

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Humans only come with one set of adult teeth, so it’s important to take care of them properly! It can be difficult to manage all of the changes that come with growing older, but you don’t have to compromise your oral health along the way. These 7 tips can help any senior avoid decay and tooth loss in the future.

  1. Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Eating well not only keeps unwanted pounds off of the body, but it also helps preserve your teeth. Sugar and acidic foods like candy can speed up the decaying process, so it’s important to limit your intake of them. Opt instead for fresh and crunchy fruits and vegetables, dairy, and leafy greens for stronger teeth.

  1. Don’t Drink Alcohol

Alcohol is highly acidic, and can erode the enamel of your teeth over time. The same goes for beverages like coffee, soda, and tea. Drinking more water will not only help you feel better on the inside, but will help wash bacteria off the surface of your teeth without decaying them.

  1. Quit Smoking

Smoking is very damaging to your immunity and makes it easier for smaller infections to grow more complicated in a shorter amount of time. If you have bacteria on the surface of your teeth, you’re more likely to experience decay if you smoke.

  1. Brush & Floss

This is an important thing to do twice daily no matter your age! If it’s hard to hold a toothbrush or if your teeth feel more sensitive, opt for an electric and/or soft-bristled toothbrush to make the process easier. Use a floss pick instead of traditional string floss for an easier clean between your teeth.

  1. Fix Existing Issues

Missing one or more teeth? It’s better to get them replaced than to ignore them in order to keep your jaw strong and eat, smile, and talk easily. You have plenty of options when it comes to tooth replacement, so talk to your dentist to find one that fits your budget and dental needs best.

  1. Visit Your Dentist Biannually

Don’t underestimate the power of your twice-yearly checkups with your dentist. They will help your dentist monitor any existing conditions or be able to detect new ones in their early stages, saving you time and money down the line.

  1. Don’t Forget Your Gums

Gum disease is debilitating over time, and the more plaque and bacteria collect under the gum line, the more likely you are to experience bad breath, bleeding gums, and eventually tooth decay and loss. Monitor your gums and floss regularly to make sure that they’re clean and healthy.

At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we’re here to assist you with your oral health needs no matter your age or condition of your teeth.

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