Lincoln Park Smiles is committed to helping you retain your natural teeth for a lifetime of beautiful smiles and hearty chewing. That’s why your Lincoln Park dental team wants to let you know about new research showing the value of supplements for better dental health, especially for older patients. Did you realize that seniors actually get cavities more than twice as often as teenagers?
Vitamin D and Calcium, Brushing and Flossing
The good news is that a multi-year study showed that seniors who took 500 mg of calcium and 700 units of vitamin D every day experienced major benefits. They reduced their risk of losing teeth by a whopping 40 percent.
Equally important were daily brushing and flossing. In fact, doing this consistently produces a double dose of benefits. That’s because many seniors take one of the 400+ medications that cause dry mouth, which is producing too little saliva and make it harder for your mouth to naturally combat plaque.
According to your Chicago dentists, you can counteract this by spending time each day with your toothbrush and floss. We know that oral care can get harder as you get older as many people can develop arthritis and other conditions that make it tricky, so be sure to call us for any questions about keeping up with your vitamins, tips for keeping up daily oral cleaning practices, or just a routine appointment. We are here for your every dental need!