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Healthy Aging Month

Posted on September 7, 2016 in General oral health


PDI0569560A healthy mouth contributes to good overall health, so it's important to keep oral health in mind as you age. Practicing good oral health habits is an essential part of maintaining good overall health at any age. More than 44 million1 individuals in the United States are age 65 or older. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, we remind seniors why it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene.

  • Maintaining one's teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly is essential to keeping a mouth healthy.
  • Regular professional preventive care remains an important aspect of oral health care as one gets older. Your dentist can spot more than 120 diseases in and around the mouth and can screen for oral cancer during regular checkups.
  • Keep your bones and teeth strong by incorporating plenty of calcium in your diet. You can find healthy amounts of calcium in milk, cheese, leafy greens and salmon.
  • Discuss options for replacing missing teeth with your dentist. These options include: partial dentures, full dentures, overdentures and dental implants.

Here are some oral health risks older adults may face and tips to lessen their effects on your smile:

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It’s important to take good care of your oral health at all ages. Watch our Life Stages of Oral Health videos to learn how you can keep your smiles healthy for a lifetime.

1  http://www.aoa.acl.gov/aging_statistics/index.aspx