5 Habits to Help Your Grin Age with Grace

September 17, 2015

As we age, things about our bodies may start to “shift” a bit. And though it may be less noticeable, the same may be true of our teeth.

As we get older, our smile becomes even more important. Not only are our kids—and grandkids—counting on it, but a healthy grin is a good indicator of overall health.

Help your grin age gracefully with these 5 tips:

1.  Stick to Basics

Brushing and flossing regularly can prevent or reduce the risk of gum disease. Keep it simple for a healthy smile — brush twice a day for 2 minutes.

2.  Use Fluoride

Choose to hydrate with tap water, rather than bottled water. Why? Most tap water contains fluoride, a mineral that protects against tooth decay. And, if you live in a rural area that does not have fluoride in its water system, be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash.

3.  Drink Moderately

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is a risk factor for oral and throat cancers. However, adults who drink wine moderately may be less likely to develop heart disease.

4.  Check Your Meds

Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause dry mouth. And, without enough saliva you can develop tooth decay or other infections in the mouth -

5.  Visit the Dentist

Preventative treatments continue to be important, especially as we age. Dentists can pay extra attention to your teeth, gums, lips and tongue as indicators of other, potentially more serious health problems.