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Oral Care Tips for Older Adults

Contrary to popular belief, our teeth can last a lifetime without the need for dentures or other replacements. In order for this to happen, a lifetime of good oral health maintenance and care is needed. Our teeth do naturally change as we get older, which makes good oral health practices change a bit too. Here are some oral care tips to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums as you mature.

Increase Fluoridation

Attrition means the wearing down of enamel, and it happens as we age because of the years of work our teeth have been doing. Attrition can make cavities more likely, but increased fluoride can help to strengthen them. You should be using fluoride toothpaste, and perhaps a fluoride rinse. Ask Dr. Robert Shackelford, D.D.S. about fluoride and recommended amounts.

See the Dentist Regularly

Gum disease or gingivitis is very common, and few people manage to live their entire lives without having it at least once. The good news is that it can be stopped and reversed easily when it’s caught in the early stages. Seeing the dentist regularly, especially as you get older, is vital to keeping gum disease at bay. Some health conditions that you may get when you are older can increase the risk of gum disease, such as diabetes.

Moisturize Your Mouth

Dry mouth is a side of many medications, and it can cause tooth decay. Drinking water frequently can help, and it can also help to wash away food particles after meals.

Deal with Sensitive Teeth in a Healthy Way

Sensitive teeth can make eating or drink painful. Usually, the problem is greatest when food or drink is very hot or very cold. You can use toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth, or you can ask our D.D.S. for advice on how to decrease sensitivity while keeping your teeth healthy.

Checkups for Your Whole Mouth

If you have lost some or all of your teeth, you have a lot of company. Seventy-five percent of adults over the age of 60 have lost at least some of their natural teeth. If you wear dentures, have bridge work or have other tooth replacements, you should still see the dentist regularly. Checkups are important for your gums and the rest of your mouth, as well as for maintaining your tooth replacements.

At Dentistry of Johns Creek, Dr. Robert Shackelford, D.D.S. and his staff promote prevention and education as the keys to optimum dental health. We are a family dental provider and treat patients of all ages. No matter what your stage of life, if you want to continue or begin a good oral health care regimen, ask questions about your oral health, get more oral care tips or learn about our services, call Dentistry of Johns Creek now to set up a consultation appointment.

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