Aging doesn’t just wear on your body, but your oral health as well. If you are not maintaining diligent daily hygiene habits, they will catch up with you and damage your smile over time. This means taking good care of teeth and gums is just as important (if not more) as when you are younger. Remember, a healthy smile starts with the day-to-day habits you maintain!
This means brushing and flossing every single day. A good rule of thumb is to brush your pearly whites for two minutes at least twice a day. Follow up with flossing between the teeth and along the gumline daily. If aging is affecting your manual dexterity, you might also consider switching a manual toothbrush for an electric one, and dental wax for a water flosser. These tools can help make your daily routine easy and effective.
Protecting your smile also means watching what you put in your mouth. Eating food that is hard can crack or chip a tooth, even more so than when your teeth were new. Chewy, sticky foods will also wreak more havoc when your teeth are older. These kinds of foods can linger in the mouth and lead to gum disease and tooth decay unless moved daily. You want to reduce the amount of plaque buildup on your teeth.
If you would like more information about protecting your smile as you age, please don’t hesitate to give our Complete Dental Care team a call in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, by calling 412-567-0927 today. Dr. Robert Doyle and Dr. Natalie Monaco, along with the rest of our team, look forward to helping you maintain the healthy smile you deserve!