Research recently published in Periodontology 2000 has found a link between good dental health and overall longevity. But what does this mean? Well, they found that people who still have all their teeth at age 74 are more likely to live to see 100. So how can you be one of them?
Contrary to popular belief, tooth loss is not a natural part of the aging process. It’s usually a result of gum disease, which is both preventable and treatable. But we’re not here to play the blame game. We’d much rather focus on prevention and, to that end, we’ve compiled a list of the…
Top 5 ways to keep your teeth:
- Floss and brush with fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Yes, we know you know, but do you do it?
- Limit snacking between meals. This reduces the amount of time your teeth are exposed to enamel-eroding acids.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit sugar intake. Make sure you’re getting key nutrients such as calcium, which teeth require to stay strong.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day. This helps rinse your teeth but also encourages saliva, which neutralises harmful acids.
- Attend regular check-ups and hygiene appointments. Professional cleaning is the only way to remove built-up plaque and tartar and it’s also important to have any small problems caught and dealt with before they become more difficult to treat.
As you can see, there are lots of ways to improve your chances of keeping your teeth, and they all start with a simple check-up so we can assess the current state of your dental health and go from there. Call us today for an appointment on 01482 565 488 or book online.