Guest post by Gary Feldman
After you’ve left behind your baby teeth, the set of chompers you have has to last you the rest of your life.
While you can repair or replace deteriorated teeth, it’s much healthier to simply take care of your real teeth and have them serve you well for as long as possible.
While old age naturally takes a toll on your teeth, you can fight the effects of aging by following a strong dental care regimen.
Just follow these tips:
Make Sure to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Plaque is always forming on your teeth. Most people never do anything about it, but it can lead to soreness, swelling, and bleeding in your gums. It also causes many infections underneath the gums.
Serious gum disease, called periodontitis is becoming extremely common. If you let it go unchecked, it could harm your gums and bones. Once that happens, you may need to have teeth removed. Far too often this could have been prevented.
Some signs that you may have periodontal disease are:
- Gums that recede or pull back from your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
Small brushes like are great to get the parts in between teeth. Don’t be afraid to brush the gums a little hard. Get in there and don’t stop even if there’s a little bleeding. It bleeds because they’re weak and haven’t been brushed right.
Brush More Often, and Longer
Stop me if this doesn’t sound familiar!
You wake up and gotta get ready for the day. Between showering, clothes, and breakfast, you gotta squeeze in time to brush your teeth. The brush is in your mouth for all of 30 seconds, if that. You spend more time rinsing the paste off than actually getting it on your teeth.
A good brushing should take at least 2 minutes. For some people that’s time they don’t think they have. I wish there was some magical solution besides simply making time. The biggest thing I can say is that it’s better to trade in 4-6 minutes a day than 2- 3 hours at the dentist every month and all the costs that go with it.
Beside the length of time spent, the amount of times per day matters. 2-3 brushes per day is the minimum to keep bacteria from building up. Especially before and after bed. I know I sound like a broken record but really–if we have to repeat ourselves this much it’s because people simply aren’t doing it.
Check to See if You Grind Your Teeth. If You Do, Get a Mouth Guard
Grinding your teeth can wear away a millimeter of tooth structure per year if undiagnosed. You may not see any immediate signs of wear on their teeth, but the pressure that clenching puts on your teeth is destructive. It slowly breaks down the supporting bone around the teeth, leading to gum recession, bone loss and inevitably tooth loss.
Customizable mouth guards can be made to fit around your teeth to keep your from wearing out your teeth.
This article is a guest contribution by Gary Feldman, co-owner of The Door Doctor of South Florida. They’re a respected company that’s been providing Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area with garage door repair for decades. Visit their site for more information.