You probably know that you should do a few things if you’re trying to enjoy a healthy smile. For instance, you might know that you should brush and floss your teeth regularly. Still, do you expect your teeth to weaken as you age? Would you be surprised to hear that you can actually keep your teeth strong as you get older? Again, brushing and flossing are important. In reality, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You should also floss to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth.
If you don’t clean your pearly whites as thoroughly as possible, you’ll be more likely to have gum disease and tooth decay. Of course, there are other issues that could weaken your teeth. If you bite into inedible objects—including your nails, ice, or a pin—you could crack your teeth, which will leave you more vulnerable to a number of serious problems.
You’ll also need to stay hydrated, which may be more difficult because your body won’t retain water as well as it could when you were younger. Again, if you’re dehydrated, you may ultimately have to cope with issues like tooth decay and gum disease. You might be susceptible to these problems because you won’t retain water well as you get older. Also, as you get older, you’ll probably take more medications—which might also cause dehydration.
If you’re interested in hearing more about protecting your oral health in Marco Island, Naples, and Sanibel, Florida, or are hoping to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Alan Rembos, please don’t hesitate to give Alan Rembos, DDS a call at one of our three convenient locations. We’re eager to receive your call soon.