Oral health care isn’t just important for children; it’s important for seniors as well. The necessity for proper dental care increases as you get older because, contrary to popular belief, aging doesn’t have to mean you’ll lose your teeth; in fact, they can indeed last through your entire life.
As with the rest of your body, your mouth will change as time passes. Decreased nerve size is one common change, and that can make it difficult to notice problems without routine oral exams. If such problems aren’t discovered early, they can end up being untreatable.
Important tips for oral health maintenance include:
- Routine brushing using a soft-bristled, battery-powered or electric toothbrush, at least twice per day
- Daily flossing using traditional floss or floss picks
- Fluoride consumption either through tap water or as a supplement if your water supply isn’t treated
- Scheduling routine dental visits