Healthy gum tissue is normally taken for granted - until something begins to go wrong. If you have developed gum disease or fear you may be developing it, then you begin to think almost constantly about your gums.
There is much more at stake than we, perhaps, sometimes realize when it comes to maintaining good dental hygiene on a daily basis. The risks are much higher than just getting a simple cavity and needing a filling. Your teeth, gums, and your beautiful, healthy smile are all on the line.
Last time, we looked at dental hygiene tips for those over 50, but the other group that needs special attention when it comes to good oral health is children. There are many reasons why your kids’ oral health is especially important. First, establishing good habits early promotes oral hygiene for life. Second, your baby teeth still need oral care to prevent infections, gum disease, and a need for braces later on.
At any age, consistently maintaining good oral and dental hygiene is a must - and can seem like a chore. But for those 50 and above (and especially for seniors), the threat of deterioration of the teeth, gum tissue, and even of the alveolar bone ridge in which teeth naturally sit, becomes very real.
Maintaining good oral health is important not only for its own sake but because it prevents tooth loss, lowers the risk of gum disease, and helps protect your overall body health. Sadly, cavities, gingivitis, and other oral health problems are all too common - and many of them could have been prevented by simply following a good daily oral hygiene regimen at home.