As you get older, your teeth may develop problems like receding gums, stained tooth enamel, and cracked or chipped teeth. As these problems occur, you may need extra help from your dentist in Owensboro, KY. These tips can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
1. Hydrate Frequently
Some medications can cause dry mouth, which can lead to a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. It’s important to fight dry mouth by hydrating frequently.
If you suffer from dry mouth, whether it’s because of medications you’re taking or because you smoke or for other reasons, talk to your dentist. Your dentist may have more suggestions to help you combat the effects of dry mouth and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
2. Visit the Dentist Twice Annually
As you get older, it becomes more important than ever to visit the dentist on a regular basis. See the dentist twice annually for your regular checkups, unless your dentist suggests that you make appointments more frequently.
It helps to work with a dentist that has a lot of experience working with senior citizen patients, so if you’re just searching for a dentist, ask about their experience with older adults.
3. Brush With an Electric Toothbrush
Some senior citizens have a hard time brushing their teeth like they used to. Problems like arthritis can make it harder to grip the toothbrush and brush effectively. Switching to an electric toothbrush can make brushing your teeth easier. Ask your dentist which electric toothbrush they would recommend for you.
Make An Appointment for Your General Cleaning Today
Are you ready for a general cleaning appointment? Call Travis Wilson DMD to make an appointment for a cleaning. We’ll be happy to give you more advice to care for your teeth.