The older we get, the more important it is to take care of ourselves (and the harder it becomes to do as well!). As more responsibilities pile up, the easier it gets to let things fall by the wayside. We need to make a conscious effort to focus on the things that are the most important.
Maintaining great oral hygiene can actually help your overall health, as the mouth is a great gauge for other bodily issues you may be suffering from (ex: hypertension, diabetes, etc.). When you are a senior, keeping up with your dental and overall health is key. Certain issues that may affect the mouth of a senior are: darkened teeth, dry mouth, root decay and diminished sense of taste.
Here are some helpful tips to consider:
– Brushing twice daily
– Using toothpaste with fluoride
– Regular dental visits
– Flossing at least once a day
Our bodies are our temples; keeping them in tip top shape requires an effort on the part of the individual, the tools they use and how they use them and being examined by an Ottawa dental professional on a regular basis. If you have any questions or concerns about your personal oral hygiene, consult with your Ottawa dental professional.