Like it or not, we are all getting older. While there are certain unavoidable changes that we all face as we age, declining oral health does not have to be one of them. Dr. Sandler, a dentist in Encinitas, offers advice on the best ways to keep your teeth in excellent shape as you grow older.
In addition to regular checkups with your Carlsbad area dentist, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene between visits to the dentist. You should brush twice a day using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Also, be sure to switch out your toothbrush every three months because bacteria can accumulate on your brush over time. Flossing is just as important as brushing. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to clean the areas between your teeth.
Sticking to a healthy diet and avoiding smoking is another important part of keeping your teeth healthy. Foods that are low in sugar and starches reduce the likelihood of tooth decay. Abstain from smoking because it stains your teeth, reduces blood flow to the mouth, and can lead to periodontal disease and oral cancer.
Avoid clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth. These are two actions that can be brought about by stress, so try to limit stress as much as possible. Of course, stress can sometimes be unavoidable, so if you find yourself grinding your teeth ask for a bite guard the next time you visit the local La Costa dental office.
These are just a few simple ways to maintain good oral health as you age. For more information on how to care for your teeth as you grow older, contact the staff at Solana Family Dental. Call (858) 345-4497 to make an appointment today.