You may have heard that there are a few things you’ll need to do to protect your oral health. For instance, you’ll need to brush and floss your teeth every day and schedule an appointment with our dentist once every six months. Still, as you get older, there are several things you can do do to keep your teeth strong, including signs you should be wary of.
One serious problem you need to watch for is gum disease, which can lead to consistently bad breath, heart disease, and lung disease. If you have gum disease, bad bacteria will also be able to enter your bloodstream much more easily. If your gums are red or swollen or if you’re dealing with sensitive teeth, you could have gum disease.
Another common problem you should be careful with is dry mouth. While anyone can have dry mouth, there are several medications that can actually leave you more susceptible to it. Furthermore, since you’ll probably take more medications as you age, you may take a medication that leads to dry mouth. If you don’t produce enough saliva, your saliva won’t be able to carry bacteria and plaque away from your teeth. Dry mouth might also leave you more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay as well.
Finally, have you ever been told that you should just expect to lose your teeth as you get older? In reality, there are several things you should do to stop premature tooth loss. Of course, brushing and flossing can help you avoid these issues. Still, you should remember to visit our team regularly so we can help you keep your teeth healthy and strong. Following a good diet—specifically one with enough vitamin D and calcium—should also help.
If you’re interested in learning about the other steps you can take to protect your teeth in Houston, Texas, we invite you to contact Crosby Dental Center by calling 281-328-3569. Dr. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp and the rest of our team look forward to receiving your call.