If the eyes are considered to be the gateway to the soul, what message does your smile send? For those who have honored the commitment to get to their dental office twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam along with daily flossing and brushing, their smile likely reveals healthy teeth and gums.
Teeth endure untold pressure and work throughout years of eating, speaking and smiling. And now that you have reached senior status and seek to slow down a bit from the daily work grind, you are actually just entering into a new phase of life. Wouldn’t it be great to start this phase with all of your own healthy teeth?
This is certainly achievable. To keep teeth and gums healthy to serve you well through those retirement years, you can’t relax your vigilant daily habits that should include:
- Daily flossing – This is a critical component to keeping teeth and gums in peak condition. Preventing plaque from building up at the gum line and gently massaging gum tissue daily will help keep gum tissue healthy.
- Brushing – Using a fluoridated tooth paste or gel with a soft bristle brush at least twice per day will help to keep teeth clean and free from damaging plaque.
- Visiting the dentist – Seeing your dental provider at least twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam will aid in catching problem areas early and taking care of them before they can escalate into costly dental work. The cleaning removes any plaque that has started to form and the finishing polish brightens teeth.
- Diet – Everyone enjoys the occasional treat, but a healthy diet that contains the proper vitamins and nutrients will help maintain a strong mouth and body.
- Lifestyle – As you get a little older it is still important to get sufficient sleep, drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated, exercise daily, and abandon unhealthy habits like smoking. It is a documented fact that individuals who smoke are more likely to lose their teeth and experience numerous dental problems than non-smokers.
For those who have done all the right things but still have had the misfortune of lost teeth, it is not too late to visit your dentist to find out how you can best take care of your remaining teeth and get back the lifestyle you once enjoyed.
Contact the Arlington TX dental office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush at 817-465-0355 to schedule your next professional exam and cleaning.