New research shows that six out of every ten people aged 55 and over regret not caring for their teeth better earlier in life.
The research, conducted in the UK, also finds that one in five seniors wear full or partial dentures and an estimated 2.5 million people have no natural teeth.
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My discussions with my own senior patients as well as similar studies here in the U.S. also point to the same conclusion: Not looking after oral health when young can lead to big regrets down the road.
Seniors are at a disadvantage in caring for their mouths and teeth. From daily care to preventive maintenance – age, medications, financial constraints, and other health ailments all can have a great impact on elder oral health.
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A good oral health routine should start from day one when the first baby tooth erupts. Kids, teenagers, adults, and seniors should follow these three simple rules:
- Brush teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Get teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year.
Our teeth and smile are important to many aspects of our life and cannot be taken for granted.
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