Caring for Your Teeth as You Get Older

Tooth loss is not an inevitable part of getting older. While the aging process does raise some unique oral health concerns, proper care will ensure that your teeth remain healthy throughout your life.

As you get older, your teeth may not be as sensitive to decay and other problems as when you were younger. This is because the nerve endings in your teeth start to become smaller. This means that regular dental exams are essential in order to catch problems while they are still easily treated.

Tips for Protecting Your Oral Health:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you have arthritis or other issues affecting your hand or wrist, you might find an electric toothbrush easier to manage.
  • You should use dental floss or a flossing tool at least once a day.
  • Drink tap water containing fluoride whenever possible to prevent decay.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup.
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