If our body needs extra care as we age, isn’t it ideal to see that our teeth and gums need extra attention as we age too? Throughout life, our body goes through a great deal, so with time, taking extra care of your smile is always helpful to help your teeth and gums last a lifetime. Our dentist, Dr. Jon C. Bauman with Riverdale Dental Center in Brighton, Colorado, cares for your smile and is happy to give you some tips about caring for your smile as you age.
The first step is to keep up with your regular oral health routine should include brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. By adopting oral health habits to use at home, you are making smart choices about your long-term oral health. Think about your diet as well and choose foods that improve your health such as vegetables, nuts and proteins that are healthy for both the body and your teeth. On the other side, keeping bad habits in your life as you age such as smoking or excessive alcohol use could be staining your teeth and the tobacco increases your risk for dangerous and deadly conditions such as oral cancer. That is why keeping your life full of healthy habits is always ideal.
If you wear dentures, clean them out on a daily basis before you sleep. If you neglect your dentures, you could be letting their bacteria seep into your gums, which could be hazardous to your health. The use of fluoride is also ideal if you are struggling with oral hygiene. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and will fight cavities that are hidden in your teeth. The most important thing you can do to keep your oral health in tip-top shape is to visit your dentist regularly for a proper checkup.
If you are interested in a dental checkup or have questions about your oral health, please call us today at 303.659.1920 to set up an appointment with a member of our team. We look forward to assisting you and your smile for the years to come.