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Staying on top of your oral health isn’t always easy. Life comes at you fast, and sometimes you forget to make appointments to see the dentist. But good oral health means more than a bright and shiny smile. Good oral health is good for your whole body, and your dentist can be a trusted partner in your mission to keep both your body and mind strong. This is especially true as you get older. Let’s take a look at dental care from an older adult’s perspective.

Aging increases dental risks, so older adults are more likely to have oral health issues, and overall health issues, than younger people. Teeth aren’t meant to last forever, unfortunately. Luckily, the steps that help you can take to keep your smile healthy and strong in your 20s work just as well in your 60s.

• Go to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You can work with your dentist to determine how many visits are appropriate for your needs.
• Brush twice a day and floss daily.
• Drink water with fluoride and brush with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps to repair minor damage and keep your teeth strong.
• Avoid tobacco products. If you currently use any, talk to your physician and dentist about quitting.
• Limit the number of alcoholic and sugary drinks you consume.
There are extra steps to maintaining oral health that older adults should perform as well. These tips apply at any age, but they’re especially important for seniors.
• Watch for changes in your mouth. Schedule an appointment with a dentist or a doctor if you notice symptoms like sores, dry mouth or pain that lasts for more than two weeks.
• If you have diabetes, keep it controlled. In addition to helping to decrease the risk of gum disease, managing diabetes is great for your overall health.
• Ask your doctor about trying different medications if you’re on any that cause dry mouth. If you can’t switch medications, make sure to drink plenty of water and try chewing sugarless gum.

Oral health problems can be more challenging the older you get, but you don’t have to face them alone. With a little effort on your part and a little help from your dentist, you can take charge of your health, adapt to any obstacles and overcome them. Visit our Federal programs page to see the dental coverage options available for Veterans and military retirees: https://rly.pt/3nRR3eK
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PVT Mark Zehner
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Thank you for the information!
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SPC Margaret Higgins
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Tammy Hunter My teeth don't hurt. I don't need to visit a Dentist. Fortunately.
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That is great news!
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SPC Margaret Higgins
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Tammy Hunter - Thank You So Very Kindly, Ms. Hunter!
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My car still works I don't need my oil changed!
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Excellent share Ms Tammy Hunter
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Thanks!
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Tammy Hunter You're very welcome ma'am.
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