Your teeth are made to last a lifetime, but only if you take good care of them. Older adults need to take care of their teeth just as much as younger adults. Good dental health is a sign of general good health.
Dental and oral problems are often the first sign of problems in other parts of your body. Diseases like osteoporosis (loss of bone and bone density), heart disease, and diabetes often start as dental problems.
Here are some signs you might have dental problems:
- Bleeding gums.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Constant bad taste in your mouth.
- Chronic dry mouth, caused by medication.
If you have dental problems, this is what you should do:
- Visit a dentist once or twice a year.
- Drink more water - 4-8 glasses a day - even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Drink less cooldrink.
- Brush your teeth more often.
- Watch what you eat - poor nutrition leads to unhealthy teeth and gums.
Learn more about keeping your mouth healthy:
- Fluoride toothpaste and water isn't just for kids - it helps everyone reduce the risk of cavities.
- Brush more often, especially after meals.
- Eat fewer sweets and sugary foods.
- Don't forget to floss.
- Eat foods rich in Calcium several times a day.
- Avoid tobacco and limit alcohol.