No matter if you are a child, an adult, or the elderly, irrespective of the age, you should always look after your oral health. When your mouth is healthy, you can easily consume the food you require for living a healthy lifestyle. But our teeth also become fragile as we become of age. Here are a few tips on looking after your oral health, once you turn 50.
- Tooth decay
If you are keen to look after your oral health, right from the beginning, you can protect them from damage for eternity. Tooth decay is not only limited to children, it can happen to anyone unless you have natural teeth in your mouth. Tooth decay damages the enamel that protects your teeth. When you don’t pay heed to good oral health, bacteria can create an abode in your mouth to form a sticky and colorless layer called plaque. This further leads to decay and cavities. Gum disease is also a symptom of teeth decay. By regularly using fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse, you can help protect your teeth. If you are dealing with cavities, consult your dentist to offer you a fluoride treatment. All Smiles Dental Care recommends using a fluoride gel and a mouth rinse to their patients who had undergone a fluoride treatment.
- Gum diseases
When plaque becomes an unwanted guest which had overstayed its welcome, it turns into a tartar which makes it hard even for the brushing to come off. It might cause your gums to redden, swell and bleed. This is called gingivitis. It can further lead to periodontitis where your gums detach and become pockets. But with proper care and treatment, here is how you can cure the gum diseases:
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice in a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Pay regular visits to your dentist for a checkup and cleaning
- Follow a well-balanced diet
- Don’t consume tobacco products
- Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums
Knowing how to rightfully brush and floss your teeth is a big step towards a healthy oral hygiene. You can begin by gently brushing your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. Brush them in small round motions and short back and forth strokes. Brush them carefully with a considerable amount of time and also the gum line as gently as possible. You can also brush your tongue gently. Also flossing on a regular basis will help in removing plaque. Rinse after the flossing is done.
Keep your dentures or your false teeth clean and keep yourself away from the food that is bad for your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least once a day with a denture care product. When you hit the bed, remove the dentures and put them in water or a denture cleansing liquid as suggested by your dentist. Look after the partial dentures in the same way. As the bacteria can gather under the clips that support the partial dentures, make sure the clean that area as well.