All of us are subject to the physical signs of aging, especially when we reach age 60. Our skin starts to sag, gray hair starts to peek through and little aches and pains can begin to creep up on us. The loss of teeth can be another indication of aging, but it certainly doesn’t necessarily have to be. Particular factors connected to aging boost the possibility of losing one or more teeth, but good oral hygiene and other precautionary actions will help you retain all of your natural teeth.
The office of Jeffrey H. Markowitz, D.D.S., P.C. is happy to share some tips on how to prevent tooth loss.
Brush your teeth! Yes, you have been told that since you were a little kid. Nonetheless, many people don’t do it often enough. Brushing your pearly whites twice a day every 12 hours has a major positive impact on your oral health. Make it the last thing you do before hitting the sack—and take a full two minutes—so your mouth will remain relatively clean overnight.
If arthritis, tendinitis and/or repetitive motion disorder are making it a struggle to do a good job brushing your teeth, get a toothbrush with a large handle. You will get better control over the toothbrush, which will help you to reach all surfaces, nooks and crannies.
Know if any medications you’re taking cause dry mouth (xerostomia). The lack of saliva will hinder your mouth’s ability to wash away food particles, keep your oral tissues moist and fight bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. If you do have dry mouth due to medications you’re taking, ask your dentist for advice.
If you are in need of excellent prosthodontic care, don’t hesitate to call the office of Jeffrey H. Markowitz, D.D.S., P.C.. Our experienced prosthodontics work with you to establish the best and most expedient plan to handle your case. We take all the time you need to answer your questions and discuss the treatment options that would benefit you the most. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment to learn more about how we can help you and to schedule an appointment.
By Jeffrey H. Markowitz, D.D.S., P.C.
February 26, 2021