Caring for Your Teeth as You Age

A lot of people are under the mistaken assumption that aging necessarily means they’ll lose teeth, which is completely untrue! Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime and any tooth loss has a cause that isn’t aging. Aside from suffering a traumatic accident that causes your teeth to be broken or knocked out keeping your teeth is completely under your control!

At Gentle Family Dentistry we work hard to keep your smile healthy. Regular visits to our Duncansville dentist office are essential to keeping your teeth healthy but that isn’t all you need to do! Lifestyle choices are the biggest deciding factor in the future of your teeth so don’t let bad habits leave you in dentures!

By following these tips you’ll be all set for a lifelong healthy smile!

Quit Smoking

It’s the truth whether you like it or not: smoking is bad for you! There are a lot of things it can do to ruin your overall health and it also causes serious damage to your teeth as well!

There is always bacteria in your mouth. It makes up the plaque that forms on your teeth over the course of the day. Some of it is harmless but other strains are what cause tooth decay! When plaque bacteria metabolize the sugar in foods you eat they turn it into acid that destroys your enamel and starts cavities.

Studies of smokers have found that the bad bacteria levels in their mouths was much higher – the harmless bacteria is actually dying off! That greatly increases the risk of infection and tooth decay which in turn can lead to eventual tooth loss! Even just one lost tooth can start a domino effect!

Eat Right

That harmful plaque bacteria won’t do a lot of damage if you don’t feed it a lot of sugar! While it’s possible to still end up with cavities on a healthy diet it’s not nearly as likely and when they do happen they’re generally minor and easy to treat.

Make sure you’re avoiding excess carbs too! Foods like bread, pretzels, chips, crackers, and other things high in processed white flour are high in a different kind of sugar, called glucose, that plaque bacteria still love!

If you do treat yourself to sweets or starches don’t panic – just make sure you’re drinking water to keep your mouth clean and brush as soon as you have an opportunity.

Practice Good Oral Care Habits

Plaque bacteria is the thing that will destroy your teeth. The best way to manage bacteria day to day is through your brushing and flossing habits. Just because you brush doesn’t mean it’s effective, though! Make sure you follow these tips to ensure good brushing.

● Brush for at least two minutes
● Use a soft-bristled brush. Hard bristles can damage your teeth and gums!
● Sweep down from your gumline toward the edge of your teeth or gently brush in circles.
● Use small, tooth-width strokes and focus on each tooth.
● Make sure to get all the surfaces of your teeth – front, back, and chewing surfaces!
● Use toothpaste containing fluoride for an extra boost of protection.
● And don’t forget to always floss in the evening! It’s the only way to get the tricky bits of plaque and food that hide between your teeth!

Get Regular Professional Care

Aging doesn’t mean you have to lose teeth but without caring for your mouth your chances definitely increase! To guarantee you’re keeping a healthy mouth you should make sure you’re seeing us at our Duncansville dentist office every six months! By seeing us regularly we can monitor your oral health and catch any potential problems before they become serious!

If you have any questions about keeping your teeth healthy or are ready to schedule an appointment you should give Gentle Family Dentistry a call today! You can reach us by phone at 814-693-6777 or you can request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

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And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.