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As you age, your mouth ages right along with you. Still, there are many things you can do to slow the aging process:

– Avoid tooth hazards: If you avoid certain practices that advance the wear and tear of your teeth, they can remain stronger as you age. For example, don’t chew ice or exceptionally hard foods. Avoid opening packages with your teeth, chewing on pens, biting your fingernails, or grinding your teeth.

– Take good care of your gums: Gum disease is a common problem among individuals over the age of 30. can avoid or even reverse this issue by upgrading your oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day and make sure to brush your gums and tongue as well as your teeth. Floss once a day, tugging the floss all the way down to the gumline.

– Stay hydrated: Believe it or not, good hydration helps your oral health as well as your general physical health. Your mouth needs water to produce saliva, which washes away bad bacteria in your mouth. The older you get, the more likely your mouth is to dry out. Fight back by drinking lots of water and chewing sugarless gum. If your medications cause dry mouth, consider talking to your doctor about changing them.

– Have regular dental exams: As you get older, your teeth’s nerves shrink so that you are less likely to get toothaches when you have cavities or other issues. This increases your need for regular dental exams.

Need a cleaning and exam? Gunnerson Dental in Payson, Utah, has you covered. Call us at 801-658-0102 and Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson and our team will be delighted to serve you.