Adult’s dental care

Posted: Jan 19 2021

As you mature in age, there are a few conditions to be aware of and discuss with your dentist at your regular visits.

Gum disease

Inflammation of the gums, if untreated, can result in loss of bone that holds your teeth in place. To help prevent this:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Have a healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

Dry mouth

Some medications can affect your saliva which is important in reducing tooth decay. Keep your dentist updated on any medical conditions or medications you’re taking.

Oral cancer

When you’re middle-aged, the chances of developing oral cancer are slightly higher, especially for men in their 40s and 50s. To help prevent this:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Take notice – if you see any unusual ulcers, lumps or bumps speak with your dentist
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Tooth loss

It’s important to replace any missing teeth as it will help prevent complete tooth loss later in life. Bridges, dentures or dental implants can be used to replace teeth – your dentist will advise which option is best for you.

Tips for healthy teeth and gums

Brushing your teeth every day is the most important way to protect your teeth. Our dentists recommend you:

  • Brush twice daily
  • Floss daily
  • After brushing, just spit, don’t rinse
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Chew sugar-free gum after meals
  • Visit the dentist regularly.

Visiting the dentist for regular dental check-ups is the best way to help:

  • Keep teeth and gums healthy
  • Prevent future dental problems
  • Give you a bright and more confident smile.
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Visiting the dentist for regular dental check-ups is the best way to help:

  • Keep teeth and gums healthy
  • Prevent future dental problems
  • Give you a bright and more confident smile.
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Posted: Jan 19 2021

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The information contained here is of a general nature and does not take into account your personal medical situation. The information is not a substitute for independent professional medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or used for therapeutic purposes. Should you require specific medical information, please seek advice from your healthcare practitioner. Health Partners does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them.

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