You’ve worked hard for many years, and now you’re ready to begin those golden retirement years. You want to enjoy this time, which includes savoring the foods you love; smiling and laughing with self-confidence; and speaking clearly. Sadly, some will experience dental problems. But for those fortunate ones who have been able to maintain great oral health, there are many years left so you need to continue with great habits to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Ways to Take Care of Teeth and Gums
Brushing – Of course, you’ve been told all your life how and when to brush. And nothing changes just because you’re not going to work every day. You still need to brush at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. If you have experienced any kind of gum disease resulting in the need for special care, continue to treat as directed.
Flossing – Make sure you floss daily to remove what your toothbrush left behind. Flossing correctly also helps to keep gum tissue invigorated.
Visit the Dentist – You certainly can’t use the excuse that you don’t have the time, but in the event that you may have lost your dental insurance, inquire about other financial avenues available for senior retirees. Having teeth cleaned and a dental examination is just as important now as it was before you retired.
Diet – Meal structures may change, but don’t let that interfere with maintaining a healthy diet.
How to Deal with Lifestyle Changes
Instead of going to work and living a structured lifestyle, you may find you have lots of time on your hands. Consider that time a gift … volunteer; take up a new activity like golf or join a walking club; travel; visit the grandkids … whatever you do with your retirement years, make sure you continue to take care of your teeth.
Tooth loss is not to be considered a natural part of the aging process. It is important to keep your teeth so you can continue to enjoy your food and eat healthy options like fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and healthy grains.
Wherever retirement takes you, continue to do all the things needed to maintain your dental health. Brush, floss, and visit our team at A Smile Above regularly. Follow instructions given by our dentist, and you should enjoy having healthy teeth and gums throughout your retirement years.