As you know, everyone ages. Similarly, you may have heard that you’ll lose your teeth as you age. However, this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, with proper care, your teeth can last for your entire lifetime. However, if you don’t care for your teeth well, you could lose your teeth.
For example, if gum disease is left untreated, you’ll be more likely to lose teeth. Still, please remember that as you age, you will be more likely to have gum disease. However, it has been proven that if you smoke you’ll be more likely to have gum disease. Unfortunately, these studies are relatively recent, meaning the elderly population could have higher gum disease rates due to smoking while they were younger.
Also, did you know that if you care for your teeth well while you’re young, you’ll be more likely to keep all your teeth as you age? As you probably know, people who have made a habit of brushing tend to have an easier time to remember brushing. Fortunately, you will probably keep this habit as you age. Similarly, if you brush consistently, your teeth will be healthier as you age—meaning you can expect to keep your natural teeth longer.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do now to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Arguably, the most important thing you can do is brush and floss. You see, you have good and bad bacteria in your mouth. Good bacteria can keep your mouth clean. Conversely, by brushing and flossing you can remove the bad bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and similar issues.
Finally, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Jack Schwarcz, for regular cleanings and checkups. If you are interested in learning more, or in scheduling an appointment with us, please feel free to contact Eastside Periodontics at 586-757-5454. We’re excited to hear from you!