As we get older, we tend to pay more attention to our health. It makes sense; we want to hold onto what we have. As such, we often change our diets, move more, and visit a doctor for regular checkups. While there’s a wealth of information about what we should eat, and how we should exercise, there’s one aspect of our health that isn’t as widely reported – our teeth. And, because we hear less about dental issues, we can forget to give our teeth the attention they deserve. The good news is, keeping our teeth healthy isn’t so different from keeping our bodies healthy. Here are some steps you should take.
As it’s important to eat right for a healthy body, it’s also important to eat right for a healthy mouth. First, cut down on sugar. Nothing else will damage your teeth as fast. That’s not to say you can’t treat yourself now and again. As with a healthy diet, it’s all about moderation.
It is worth noting that there’s one area in which body health and mouth health diverge. Where teeth are concerned, acid is detrimental. And, fruit is the worst culprit. So, while some fruit is good for your body, it could do as much damage to your teeth as cake. Of course, you shouldn’t stop eating fresh fruit because it is quite nutritional and beneficial, especially fruits such as blueberries and pomegranates. Just be sure to brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating raw fruits or drinking your daily smoothie. If you can’t do so, at least take a big swig of water and swish it around your mouth.
And, if you are avoiding dairy products, you may want to consider taking a calcium supplement for your dental health.
Regular Dental Visits
Visiting your dentist is as important as visiting your doctor. It’s the only real way to keep on top of problems and save yourself pain and money down the line (believe me, I know this from experience!).
There are a variety of reasons we fail to schedule regular dental checkups. Some people don’t realize how important it is. If that’s you, it’s time to change your thinking. For others, a fear of the dentist stops them taking the plunge. This is a common problem and can make taking control of your teeth difficult. If it’s the chemical smell and hospital like environment you don’t enjoy, you could always try a holistic dentist instead. They offer the same services, but use natural methods over medicinal ones. If it’s the idea of someone looking in your mouth that frightens you, it’s important you work on that fear using therapy, or other methods.
Make Dental Care a Part of Your Daily Routine
As a tip for health in later years we all know it’s important to establish a healthy routine. Of course, you’ve been brushing and caring for your teeth for years. You should be good at it by now. But, your teeth change as you age. As such, you may need to adjust your routine and form new habits. Keep up on flossing, rinsing and caring for your dentures. Those regular dentist visits will help here, too!