Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums Through the Retirement Years

Aging does not mean dental problems are a given. Having healthy teeth and gums starts when we are young and your best dentist is one of the keys to enjoying excellent dental health throughout your retirement years.

As infants our primary teeth come in paving the way for our permanent teeth. These teeth are called permanent because hopefully they will be permanent and last for our lifetime.

There are many things we can do to maintain healthy teeth and gums growing up, during our active years of employment, and into the senior years. Many retirees maintain a high level of activity so keeping their oral health intact is important so as not to interfere with their busy lives.

  1. Daily brushing – A soft bristle tooth brush and a fluoridated tooth paste or gel are highly recommended to brush at least twice per day. Knowing the correct way to brush is important to prevent premature gum recession. Too much pressure or the wrong brush can produce this result.
  2. Flossing – Your dentist can demonstrate the correct way to floss. Daily flossing removes bacteria  from in between teeth and along the gum line. In addition, daily flossing is great for gum tissue stimulation.
  3. Dental visits – A thorough cleaning from your dental professional every six months removes the plaque that has built up since your last appointment. The only way to remove harmful plaque is with your dentist or hygienist. In addition to the cleaning, your teeth will be polished to look their best. A dental exam will diagnose decay, a dental malocclusion, or more serious problems like gum disease or the potential signs of oral cancer.
  4. Lifestyle – Sugary beverages and snacks should be limited. Adequate fluids (especially water) are important for dental health as well as overall health.
  5. Sufficient rest – A good night’s sleep isn’t always a given … stress, anxiety, illness … these things among others can interfere with rest patterns.
  6. Tobacco use – It is a well-established fact that smoking or chewing tobacco leads to periodontal disease. This can result in tooth loss.

The goal of keeping all your biological teeth for your entire life is not unrealistic. Adhering to the guidelines for good oral health will help. Some may believe genetics will dictate their oral future, but you can help to control your destiny.

Contact the office of Dr. Kimberley Capua to reserve your appointment today.