In the not too distant past, most people took it for granted that losing one’s teeth was an inevitable part of growing older. The wear and tear of everyday life, accompanied by a general lack of knowledge about oral health, meant that most people began to lose their teeth in middle age. Thanks to modern dentistry, widespread water fluoridation, and improved public knowledge about dental hygiene, people today can expect to keep their natural teeth well into their golden years . . . as long as they take the proper steps to care for their smile.
Setting the Stage in Childhood
Just as we teach our children to walk, talk, and navigate the world, childhood is the best time to teach young ones about the importance of good oral health. Children that learn how to brush and floss properly and who visit the dentist regularly are more likely to continue these healthy habits into adulthood. Best practices for this stage of life include:
- Learning how to brush and floss effectively and consistently (which, according to the ADA, means brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day)
- Regular six-month checkups with a caring family dentist to ensure emerging problems are addressed early.
You’re in it for the long haul now! Throughout your active adult years, you should continue the practices established during childhood. Regular checkups every six months help you and your dentist stay abreast of any emerging oral health issues, which results in early treatment, less discomfort, and lowered costs. In addition, adulthood is the time when many people choose to address cosmetic issues, such as stained teeth, missing teeth, chipped or crooked teeth, or uneven or overlay large gums that might have been holding them back.
Healthy Senior Smiles
As you enter your golden years, your oral health needs may change. While you’ll still need to make sure you’re brushing and flossing regularly, physical issues may make your dental hygiene regiment difficult. For instance, people suffering from arthritis may find manual flossing difficult. Luckily, your dentist can recommend products designed to help people with limited dexterity care for their teeth and gums effectively.
About Your Keller, TX Dentist:
With a dedication to helping patients experience the joys of excellent dental health for life, Dr. Brent Cornelius and his compassionate team are happy to provide a comprehensive array of dental services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cornelius, call our dental office in Keller, TX, today at 817-431-4200. We also proudly welcome patients from Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Southlake, North Richland Hills, and all surrounding communities.