Dental treatments for old teeth are very similar to dental treatments in our younger days, but we simply must do a little extra. Our teeth age and weaken over time just as the rest of our bodies do. As long as we continue to practice safe and effective oral health care habits, our smiles can still last a lifetime.
No matter if you have false teeth or still maintain your natural ones, your oral health care habits are vital in keeping your smile strong. Ask yourself the following frequently asked questions and what you can do to protect your mouth:
What are some of the habits that can keep your teeth strong as you age?
– To increase the longevity of your smile, always brush twice daily with brushes that have soft bristles and floss at least once daily. Maintain a healthy and safe diet to ensure various foods don’t wreak havoc on your mouth.
Which bad habits should you abandon?
– Ideally, you should abandon all bad habits, hence the word bad. However, some are worse than others. If you smoke or chew tobacco, or excessively drink alcohol, no matter what age you are, you should remove them from your life immediately as they increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, cancer, and even death.
TRUE or FALSE: Medications can cause cavities.
– This is true. Medications can often produce dry mouth symptoms, which are common sources of cavities as we age.
What tactics should always be used when caring for dentures?
– Always remove your dentures before going to sleep, and after every meal for cleaning. Before placing a pair of dentures back in your mouth, ensure that your mouth is clean and that your dentures are washed with water if they have been soaked in a denture cleanser.
If you think your teeth could use a little extra work and would like to have a professional exam from our team at Northwest Center for Dentistry, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Kalispell, Montana, by calling us at (406) 752-4530. Dr. Cameron Clark and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have. The time is now to approach the rest of your life with a smile!