How Do Your Dental Care Needs Change as You Age?

How Do Your Dental Care Needs Change as You Age?

Good dental health is essential for good overall health, which is why taking care of your teeth and gums is so important as you age. Like most things with your health, your needs change a bit as you get older. Talk to your dentist about how any underlying health conditions and medications you’re taking could impact your oral health. These tips for maintaining good dental care habits as you age will also help. 

Use An At Home Fluoride

Since most people are drinking filtered water which does not have fluoride, talk to Dr. Carson and his team about the different fluoride options that are available at home.  There are numerous options such as gels, pastes, and rinses. Dr. Carson and his team will be happy to go over the best options for your unique situation.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is important for your overall well being, and it is especially important for your oral health as you age. Smoking increases the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss, and it makes it harder to recover from any dental procedures you may need. Because your risk of oral health issues increases as you age, stop smoking now, even if you’ve smoked for years without any dental issues. If you need assistance in quitting, your dentist can provide advice. 

Consider an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are great at cleaning your teeth and gumline, and for older people, they can also help when arthritis in your hands impacts your ability to brush. If arthritis is getting in the way of your usual oral hygiene routine, flossing tools can also help. Whatever you decide to use for a toothbrush, be sure to choose one with soft bristles. 

Seeing your dentist at least twice per year for a check-up and cleaning is also essential. John Carson, DDS provides dental care for patients at all stages of life, including preventive care, dental implants, and more. Make an appointment for dental care in Tucson by calling (520) 514-7203.