5 Tips to Maintain Oral Hygiene and Avoid Dentures
1 out of 5 elderly adults struggles with untreated tooth decay. Over 2/3 of older adults have some type of gum disease, and nearly 1/5 have lost all their teeth (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). To avoid health complications in the mouth or elsewhere, Professional Medical Corp recommends that all senior citizens follow these five tips. Furthermore, lack of oral hygiene has also started to show a correlation to the development of non-oral chronic diseases.
- Brush in the morning and night
Every day upon waking up in the morning or preceding going to sleep at night, adults should hold themselves accountable for brushing their teeth. Brushing your teeth is nothing new, people have been doing it for centuries, despite the commonality of the advice, the message still carries the utmost importance and should be followed daily.
- Brushing > flossing, but you should do both
The tangible benefits of flossing are some things that have been repeated for generations. Despite how frequently one might hear the advice, in the end, it is brushing teeth that makes a larger and more notable impact than flossing. After a review of 12 trials published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, it was found that reducing flossing did not significantly change oral hygiene because most people were bad at flossing to begin with.
- Get the proper nutrition
Calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C are all vitamins that could possibly improve the strength or coloring of teeth in the mouth. Calcium and phosphate will both contribute to the overall strength, health, and longevity of the teeth. Meanwhile, vitamin C combats dry mouth that can result in discoloration of the teeth.
- Visit the dentist
Going to the dentist sucks, but it’s something that everybody should do at least once annually. Harsh ambient lights, uncomfortable chairs, and medical bills are three things that everyone does their best to avoid. Despite these powerful deterrents, making a trip to a dentist occasionally can catch and prevent more urgent dental problems that can cause pain, discomfort, or increased emergency bills in the long run.
- Use mouthwash
Mouthwash’s biggest benefit is that it is a liquid, meaning that mouthwash can reach all those small and tight spots in your mouth that a toothbrush is unable to reach. Using mouthwash can help kill bacteria responsible for mouth odors and promote healthy gums.
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- Trey Munsell