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Dentists Offer Tips on Caring for Your Teeth as You Age April 14, 2017

Homer, Kenai Peninsula
Dentists Offer Tips on Caring for Your Teeth as You Age, Homer, Alaska

Did you know the way you approach dental care should change as you grow older? The daily use of your teeth, along with the natural progression of aging, can take a toll on your mouth. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your oral health in good shape as you age. 

The dentists at Preventive Dental Services PC in Homer and Barrow, AK, specialize in geriatric oral care and say gum health should be a priority as you age. Improper gum care can lead to periodontal disease, which is caused by the buildup of bacteria. Gum disease is the first step on the road to tooth loss, as it attacks and weakens the areas around your teeth. You should brush twice a day and floss daily to maintain healthy gums. If your gums bleed when you brush them or you notice them receding, make an appointment with a dentist. 

dentistDentists also suggest older people avoid certain foods to preserve their teeth. That means you should not chew on ice, hard candy, or any kind of food that could chip your teeth or wear down the enamel. Avoid acidic foods and drinks, such as fizzy drinks, citrus fruits, and juices. 

Finally, be on the lookout for dry mouth. Saliva is crucial when it comes to clean teeth, as it protects them from decay. As people age, their mouths tend to become more dry. That means extra hydration is crucial if you want to take care of your teeth, so drink lots of water. 

If you’re an older person hoping to avoid dentures and keep your own teeth, the experienced dentists at Preventive Dental Services PC can help. Call their office at (907) 235-1286 to set up an appointment, or visit their website to learn more about their extensive services. 

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