Good Oral Hygiene Prevents Tooth Loss

Today, older adults are keeping their natural teeth longer because of scientific developments and the preventative emphasis in dentistry. This improvement was seen in the results of a survey released by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. They showed that among people aged 55 to 64, the rate of toothlessness (edentualism) has dropped 60 percent since 1960.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are important throughout your life, whatever your age. Thorough daily brushing and flossing are essential to keeping your teeth in good condition – especially as you age. Plaque, the sticky, colorless layer of bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease), can build up quickly on the teeth of older adults, particularly when they neglect oral hygiene. This can increase your risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease.

A few simple steps can help you maintain good oral health throughout your life. By brushing and flossing daily and getting dental checkups regularly, you will prevent dental problems and save time and money as well.