Preserving Your Teeth as You Age
After years of exposure to harmful bacteria and potentially destructive habits, it is no wonder that the elderly experience more tooth loss than any other age groups. However, with the new preventive dentistry methods and proper care at home, you can increase oral health and the length of time that you can preserve your teeth, even as you age.
To improve oral hygiene at home, be sure to brush at least twice a day and to floss every day. This helps reduce the time harmful bacteria and plaque cling to your teeth, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Use a soft bristled toothbrush. Many people find that an electric toothbrush is a great benefit, and many of the newer models have timers so you can be sure to brush long enough.
It is important to see your dental care provider for biannual exams and dental cleanings. The dentist will be able to take care of problems before they result in extensive procedures or tooth loss, as well as make any recommendations for home care. The professional dental cleaning will prevent plaque and tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, too.
If you have been a bit lax regarding your twice a year dental exams, or if it is time for your next check-up, make an appointment to see our North Hollywood dentist. You will receive a comprehensive exam and professional cleaning, along with recommendations on how you can help your teeth last a lifetime.
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