Maintaining Good Dental Health
Taking care of your teeth is important for good dental health, overall health and quality of life at any age. Follow the same simple rules that have supported you throughout your life.
Keep your teeth, gums and dental work clean and maintained. Brush daily, especially at bedtime, with a soft toothbrush or electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Please floss! Make sure you floss at least once a day, especially around dental work like crowns.
Speak to your dentist about any special care for your dental work. Your teeth, gums and jaw bones change with age. You may require some repeat procedures or need to have your dental work repaired or replaced well before you are in advanced age.
Keep up your regular dental exams and cleaning schedule—even after you retire from work. Early detection of oral disease through regular examinations by a dentist can help to stop or slow the progression of oral disease and lead to better outcomes. Your dentist will monitor the health of your soft tissues and teeth; screen for oral cancer; review any general health concerns; and monitor the ongoing fit and function of your dental work.
Plan ahead for all your extended health care needs, including dental care. Consider investing in a private or group plan when you retire, or put aside savings to cover regular preventive care including dental exams and cleanings.
Keep it healthy. What’s good for your body is good for your mouth! Limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume throughout the day. Choose nutritious snacks and drinks, such as cheese or nuts, and water. Rinse with water after eating or drinking.
Keep your dentist or certified specialist up to date. Your dentist or certified specialist is the doctor of your mouth. Update them on any medications you are taking and/or changes to your health. Many chronic diseases directly affect your teeth, bones and soft oral tissues. For example, some medications can create ‘dry mouth’ which can increase your risk of decay.
Stay active, stay connected, eat a healthy diet, take care of your teeth—and don’t forget about your extended health care needs! Your healthy smile can stay with you…for life.