Healthy Tips for Aging Teeth
September is Healthy Aging Month. Whether you’ve maintained good lifelong dental health or you need a little extra care to keep your smile shining through your golden years, Cincinnati dentists Dr. Tara Hardin and Dr. Gary Hardin can help.
Easy practices like everyday brushing, flossing, and not smoking will continue to reduce your risk of oral health problems like cavities and gum disease, not to mention systemic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Other steps you can take for a healthy mouth at an advanced age include:
- Keep an appointment with your dentist every six months for a full checkup and cleaning.
- If you chew gum, opt for a sugarless alternative to combat dry mouth and reduce acid damage to your teeth.
- Don’t overindulge in sweets or rich foods that stain and eat away at teeth.
- Avoid chewing ice, hard candy, or other items that could crack a tooth.
- Replace dental crowns and other restorations if they start getting weak.
Restored teeth lose strength as fillings and other types of dental work get old, making the treated tooth more susceptible to decay and breakage. Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary offer a number of aesthetically pleasing restoration options. For Cincinnati patients who have healthy gums and bone mass in the jaw, for example, dental implants are a cosmetically appealing option that fully restores the look and feel of natural teeth.
To find out how our Greater Cincinnati dentists can help you maintain your smile at any age, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry or call (513) 234-5531 today. We welcome patients from Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky to our office in Mason, Ohio.