Aging and Your Smile

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The best oral health habits are extremely beneficial for all ages but are especially needed for the elderly. A lifetime of contact with the risks and dangers of the world on your teeth may have left your teeth in a weakened state, and highly vulnerable to future damage and decay. However, if you continue to guard your teeth and gums, they can continue to function suitably for the rest of your life.

The first step to ensuring your teeth remain functional includes making sure that they are always free of debris or plaque buildup. Any food debris or particles that linger in your mouth put you at a greater risk for oral health disorders which can lead to tooth loss. To fight back against the harmful effects of food debris and plaque buildup, brush your teeth twice daily, and floss between your teeth once daily. If standard brushing and flossing tools are too difficult or cause you pain or discomfort, try switching to an alternative brush such as an electric toothbrush and a substitute interdental cleaner such as a water flosser.

Exercise caution with any foods and drinks you consume. Your teeth may wear down slightly as you age, so be careful of any products that can potentially chip or crack your teeth. In addition, stop any habits that will increase your risk of oral health disorders, including using drugs or tobacco products.

Depending on your age and your dental health, our dentist at Steele Dentistry can help you find which treatment will work best for you. Dr. Kate Steele and our team would love to see you at our dentist office in Denver, Colorado. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 303-278-3353. We are here to proudly keep you and your smile healthy and happy.