As we get older, dental health is one area that we tend to be put on the back burner. However, due to its association with general health, it is important to practice good oral hygiene.
The human body comprises of complex biological systems, which perform specific functions that are essential for day-to-day living. Because of the way that these systems are interconnected, one area of the body can affect some other area(s) of the body. For instance, problems with the teeth and gums – such as tooth decay or severe gum disease – can lead to the loss of natural teeth. What’s more, risks for medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and oral cancer, are heightened with poor oral habits.
Oral health is an issue impacting the quality of life, overall health, and well-being. In older individuals, poor oral health affects the ability to properly eat and chew various foods, thereby leading to malnutrition and weight loss. Discomfort from poor oral health can also alter the sleep cycle and as a result, amplify stress and anxiety. Furthermore, appearance and self-esteem may be affected, as well as the ability to communicate properly.
If you are over the age of 55, you are more inclined to oral challenges with age. However, this does not necessarily mean that you have to experience them. Here are a few good oral health practices to follow and protect your teeth:
– Brush your teeth after every meal with a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride;
– Clean between your teeth with floss once a day;
– Use an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day;
– If you wear complete or partial dentures, clean them on a daily basis and remove them before going to bed;
– Maintain a well-balanced diet with foods high in fibre and dairy;
– Be vigilant of your sugar intake and starch-filled snacks;
– Drink tap water;
– Quit / Avoid smoking;
– Schedule dental checkups every six months with a qualified dentist;
Many of the issues faced by over 55’s is having to wear dentures, taking medications that cause unwanted side effects, as well as experiencing general medical conditions. Fortunately, with proper oral hygiene, complications can be warded off and dental diseases can be prevented.
Consider contacting the friendly team at Aesthetic Dentures to see how they can help improve your oral health. If you are a denture wearer, they can ensure that the dentures fit perfectly and comfortably based on your individual needs. Their aim is to help rebuild your confidence to eat, talk, and smile – without having to feel self-conscious.
The bottom line is that you can do so many things to maintain a good lifestyle and healthy body, but if you are not taking good care of your mouth, you can still end up experiencing unhealthy body changes. Nowadays, thanks to advancements in the field of dentistry and oral health education, as well as the availability of better oral hygiene tools, experiencing improved oral health is possible over the long run. It is merely important to bare in mind that by making dental care a priority, you can help your teeth last a lifetime – regardless of whether you have your natural teeth, dental implants or dentures.
Contact Aesthetic Dentures today to see how we can help with your oral health.