They say beauty eventually fades, but with today’s various cosmetic technologies, people in their fifties can now look over ten years younger. Health and fitness trends are also encouraging adults to stay in shape, so they can still sport swimsuits even when they’re seventy.
And of course, the dental industry is also doing their part. Thanks to braces and other groundbreaking orthodontic procedures, many people can smile confidently, and keep those beautiful beams until they get old.
But will our teeth still be as strong when we reach our senior years? Will we also eventually wear false teeth?
While our teeth really do change as we age, there’s still a lot of things we can do to prevent their loss and decay. By noting the following tips below, your golden years won’t be lived with dentures and oral health problems.
Reduce Wear and Tear
There is no doubt that our teeth suffer a lot of wear and tear every day. Each time we chew, grind, and bite, the enamel on our teeth wears off, making our pearls more vulnerable to breaking.
The best way to maintain an intact enamel is to regularly get treated by a dentist. Worn out enamel can be restored, but even so, it’s still wiser to go easy on the chewing. Avoid breaking down ice and other hard foods with your teeth.
If you tend to grind your teeth in your sleep, you might be required by your orthodontist to wear a night guard. This will control the grinding and keep your jaws from clenching.
Keep Your Gums Clean and Healthy
If your gums often bleed when you’re brushing your teeth, you’re probably suffering from plaque, a bacterium that normally forms in the teeth. It causes soreness, swelling, and bleeding. If neglected, it can lead to an infection that damages the bones underneath.
Aside from bleeding gums, gum disease also manifest through loose teeth, bad breath, and gums that recede from your teeth.
Fortunately, gum disease is easily preventable. Just brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, and see your dentist regularly for a cleaning. Avoid smoking as well.
Have Crooked Teeth Straightened
Crooked or misaligned teeth can lead to a series of oral health problems. But if you have it fixed through braces or surgery, you can be spared from further pain and discomfort.
Depending on your budget, needs, and personal preference, your orthodontist may give you the traditional metal braces, or more aesthetic types such as Invisalign or lingual braces. Surgery may be recommended if your crooked teeth is giving you speech or chewing difficulties.
Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Wisdom teeth aren’t always required to be removed, but in the case of impacted ones that cause damage to your jaw, teeth, and gums, then an oral surgery will be prescribed.
Impacted wisdom teeth can also mess up the alignment of your teeth. Cavities may also occur, because the swollen gums may create pockets between your teeth, where bacteria will be encouraged to form.
But even if you’re not in pain, it’s still advisable to consult a professional to check your wisdom teeth. Their trained eyes may spot potential issues that you’ve missed, and it’s always best to certain.
Prevent Mouth Cancer
Senior adults develop a low risk for cancers in the mouth, so quit cancer-causing habits while you’re still young, such as smoking and drinking. Protect your lips as well by wearing a lipbalm with SPF every time you go out.
Again, it can’t be stressed enough that regular dental appointments are crucial. Don’t take your beautiful teeth for granted. Remember that a perfect smile isn’t just for vanity, but also for a high self-confidence and optimum oral health.
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