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Tips for Caring for Your Teeth as You Age

Teeth are an important tool that is used throughout life, and they can take a lot of wear and tear over time. There are some things that you can do throughout life to help take care of your teeth and help them last, and these become even more important as you age. Things like correct toothbrush choices, the foods you chose to eat and how, and regular dental visits will help maintain a healthy smile. Dental Clinic Toronto is always ready to serve  you for your regular dental visits.

A soft bristle toothbrush will help to clear away food debris, plaque, and build up, while being soft enough to not damage the enamel on teeth or irritate gums. It is also important to choose a tooth brush that is the correct size and shape to fit correctly into the mouth and reach all the teeth, and discuss with your dentist electric toothbrush or manual.

Chewing Hard foods, ice, …

Chewing hard foods, ice, and using teeth to open items are all hard on teeth and will increase the wear and tear. These can also cause chips and damages to the teeth, which can sometimes be repaired by a dentist but the teeth will not be as strong after repair as they were before, so it is best to limit injury and damage to teeth as much as possible.

Healthy gums are vital to keeping healthy teeth, and to keeping the teeth in place. To keep gums healthy teeth must be brushed at least twice a day to remove any build up or food particles, and they should be flossed at least once a day. Removing any food particles and all the buildup and residue from the day will help to limit the formation of cavities while keeping the gums healthy. Receding gums can occur when there is too much plaque build up on teeth or when particles get between the teeth and gums. This leaves teeth vulnerable to falling out or becoming loose.

Another threat to teeth is dry mouth, and this becomes more common as you age. Dry mouth allows bacteria to grow more and reduces the saliva protection that surrounds your teeth. To combat this increase water intake, other drinks can add sugar and increase damages and cavities, while water will rinse away the sugar and any food particles and provide moisture to protect the teeth and gums. It also helps to reduce damage caused by fizzy and sugary drinks by removing them from the teeth and gums and rinsing them away.

There are many things we can do to take care of teeth all throughout life, and especially as we age. The changes in the body that occur during the aging process will also affect dental health, including increasing the likelihood of dry mouth, medication changing the balance within the mouth and salvia, and wear and tear on the teeth. Following these tips will help to maintain healthy teeth and gums while we age. If you ever need an emergency dentist in Toronto, do not hesitate to contact us.

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