By Renea Dennison, Contributor
Dental health can be critical to our overall health. Many diseases such as diabetes or heart disease can be impacted by your dental health, and vice versa.
Aging may increase gum disease and tooth decay because of decreased saliva production. Other factors include poor dental hygiene due to poor eyesight, chronic health conditions or physical limitations. Medications may also cause issues with gums and teeth.
Dental problems can be very painful, but too often we set theses issues aside to worry about other health difficulties. When we do so, we sometimes undermine our own treatments.
To keep ourselves in optimum health, we must keep our dental health at an optimum level too. To maximize your dental health follow these steps:
For decreased saliva production, drink more water throughout the day.
- Brush your teeth for at least two (2) minutes twice daily (use an electric toothbrush if possible).
- Floss at least once daily.
- Visit your dentist regularly (twice yearly).
- Avoid tobacco products.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- If you wear dentures, make sure they are cleaned on a daily basis, out of your mouth for at least four (4) hours and removed at night.
If you have trouble following these steps due to chronic health conditions or physical limitations, have your nurse or caregiver help you. Taking care of your teeth is an important part of taking care of your health. Don’t overlook the importance of dental health. There is more to your smile than the happiness you bring when you use it.
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