Age and Oral Health
Your Age, Your Teeth, and Your Health
Preventive dental care should begin when your child gets in that first tooth! The sooner children learn to properly care for their oral health the less likely they’ll have dental problems later on. And if you believe that losing teeth is a natural part of growing older – you couldn’t be more wrong!
Dental Healthcare for Children
Teaching your child the value of consistent brushing and flushing will ensure they have excellent oral health throughout their lives. When should your child see the dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends “first visit by first birthday.” Getting your children used to going to the dentist from age one is an excellent way to ensure that they don’t develop dental fear – and will view their trips to the dentist as pleasant.
Even if your children develop terrific brushing and flossing habits, they may need additional safeguarding against cavities. Dentists often recommend both fluoride supplements – an extra protection that will last between regular checkups – and dental sealants. Dental sealants are usually applied on the back teeth where cavities are most likely to form.
Seniors and Proper Oral Hygiene
Tooth loss doesn’t have to be part of growing old! With proper nutrition and consistent dental care habits, you should be able to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. Research has shown that people who have oral health issues often exhibit symptoms of systemic issues – such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. A healthy mouth means a healthy body!
Does arthritis or other dexterity problems affect your ability to care appropriately for your teeth and gums? You can invest in products – such as an electric toothbrush – that can help you complete your daily oral hygiene routines.
Decreased saliva flow is also an issue for the elderly, leading to heavy plaque. Oral care isn’t always easy for senior citizens, but there are services and dentists who cater to the needs of the elderly. Remember, the bacteria accumulating in your mouth can not only can cause oral issues, but also affect your overall health. Don’t be afraid to let your dentist know you need help with brushing and flossing.
Maintaining a healthy smile is vital for your entire lifetime!