Did you know that there are a few things you should do if you’d like to protect your oral health. For instance, you’ll need to brush your teeth every day and visit our team twice a year. Still, as you get older, there are several things to do to keep your teeth healthy and a few signs of trouble that you should watch for?
Naturally, one serious problem you should watch for is gum disease, which may cause bad breath, lung disease, and heart disease. If you do have gum disease, the bacteria in your mouth will be able to enter your bloodstream more easily. Similarly, if your gums are red, swollen, tender, or suddenly sensitive, you could be dealing with gum disease.
A second issue you should be aware of is dry mouth. While anyone could have dry mouth, regardless of age, some medications might leave you more vulnerable to dry mouth. Since people tend to take more medications as they age, you may be more likely to have dry mouth. If you have dry mouth, you may not produce enough saliva. If this happens to you, your saliva won’t be able to carry plaque and bacteria away from your teeth. Dry mouth might also leave you more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay.
Finally, if you’ve ever been told that you should expect to lose your teeth as you get older, we have good news for you. Your teeth shouldn’t fall out on their own. Luckily, there are several things you can do to stop premature tooth loss. Of course, it’s important for you to brush and floss your teeth, but you should also schedule regular appointments with our team to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Following a good diet—namely one with plenty of vitamin D and calcium—may also be helpful.
If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to prevent these problems, or to learn more about caring for your teeth in Mill Creek, Washington, we invite you to call Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549. Dr. Kerry Olszewski and our team look forward to receiving your call soon.