Taking Care Of Your Teeth as You Age

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As we get older, our bodies go through changes, making it even more important to take care of ourselves.

Some lifestyle alterations, like needing to stretch more or wear reading glasses, are expected. But there are other things that may not be as well-known, like how our nutritional needs adjust with age or how the medicines we take can affect our teeth. Having a dental plan from a top dental coverage provider like Delta Dental, exclusively for Rhode Island AAA members, can help you take care of your smile and your overall health.

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Eating Right as You Age

Taking a little extra care with your diet can help you keep your smile bright and make you feel better. Make sure your diet includes these important vitamins and nutrients:

Protein: Incorporate lean meat, eggs, dairy (such as cottage cheese) and plant-based options like beans, peas, and lentils for ample protein intake, vital in counteracting age-related muscle loss and revitalizing gums. Protein is also an important source of phosphorous, which helps in bone production.

Calcium: Boost calcium absorption and bone and teeth strength with foods like egg yolks, salmon and tuna, rich in vitamin D.

Fiber: Combat slowed digestion and get your saliva flowing with fiber-rich fruits, veggies and whole grains, which not only aid digestion, but also lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.

Vitamin B12:  Ensure a healthy red blood cell count and reduce gum disease risk by including vitamin B12 sources like beef, tuna, dairy and eggs in your diet.


Caring for Your Teeth and Gums

As we get older, our gums may recede, our tooth enamel can wear away, and we may be more prone to dry mouth. These changes can make us more likely to have problems like cavities, gum disease and other oral health issues. To alleviate these effects, it’s crucial to maintain regular dental check-ups and practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash.

Managing Medication Side Effects

Getting older may mean we have more prescription medications to manage. No matter what the medicines are for, it’s important to watch out for side effects, like dry mouth, which can lead to mouth bacteria and oral health problems. If you have any concerns, it’s important to talk to your dentist or doctor.

Keeping Your Smile Healthy

To keep your smile healthy, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day and visit a dentist regularly. Eating foods that are good for you and low in sugar will also help. If you’re worried that you’re not getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals, talk to your doctor about your diet and what you should be eating every day.

Healthy Smiles for AAA Members

By eating right, taking your medications correctly, and taking care of your teeth, you can stay healthy and enjoy your golden years. If you’re a AAA member in Rhode Island, you can get dental insurance at low rates from Delta Dental. Visit Delta Dental of Rhode Island for more information.

Photos courtesy of Delta Dental.


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