Even if you've had a lifetime of professional dental care, it's never a good idea to stop! You might be paying extra attention to your overall health now; be sure to give your teeth some, too.
√ Visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental exams/checkups and teeth cleanings are just as important as ever -- even if you've been diligent about brushing and flossing! Remember, regular dental visits can save you money on more expensive dental treatment, including gum disease treatment, in the future.
√ Get professional denture care. Using an over-the-counter denture repair kit is temporary solution at best. If your dentures start to fit funny, be sure to see a dentist for a professional denture reline.
√ Switch to an electric toothbrush if necessary. An electric toothbrush not only makes brushing easier; patients say it makes it fun, too! If arthritis or decreased mobility are an issue, consider switching to an electric or "powered" toothbrush.
√ Consider dental implants to replace missing teeth. Most people think of dentures when they think of missing teeth solutions. But many patients are choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth because they can look and feel more natural than dentures.
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Dry Mouth Symptoms -- As we age, our mouths tend to produce less saliva, leaving us susceptible to dry mouth syndrome. Certain diseases, like diabetes, and certain medication can also cause dry mouth symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding salty foods can help. But be sure to consult your dentist and physician about possibly making changes to your medications or diet.