Smile…September is Healthy Aging Month

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No need to be “long in the tooth”

 It’s true that there’s a “month” recognizing almost any topic, but September’s Healthy Aging Month is one that resonates for many of our patients. While some may be advancing in years,  most of our Baby Boomer patients continue to embrace the positive aspects of getting older. That includes traveling, staying fit, finding a new hobby or career, and identifying many ways to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being. Included in that realm is being attentive to one’s dental health which plays a significant role in overall health.

Senior Couple In Bathroom Brushing Teeth

Senior Couple In Bathroom Brushing Teeth

Have you ever heard the phrase “long in the tooth” referring to older people? It refers to a receding gum line giving teeth a longer appearance – a situation that can be completely avoided if you maintain good dental habits. As a matter of fact, none of the stereotypical oral health problems associated with old age is inevitable… if you take good care of your teeth.

Here are the top three tips from the Mitchell Dentistry family to keep your smile youthful:

*Make sure you keep your regular dental appointments

            *Stick to a thorough home care routine

            *Be mindful of good nutrition

Even with the best care, you might encounter challenges…things happen. For example, teeth may wear or break down over time. If they do, address the situation immediately. If you procrastinate and wait for three or four problems to arise, it will be more difficult to fix. Are you a teeth grinder? If so, let’s address grinding destruction right away and correct that issue before it gets worse.

One of the biggest culprits is periodontal (or gum) disease. This might cause recession – remember the phrase “long in the tooth?” Don’t despair – we can help turn this around!

Fortunately, that is the case for many dental conditions. With all the new, advanced techniques and technology we have access to, we have a myriad of new and exciting ways to address and fix damaged, missing, aging, or worn teeth.

Please ask us about any of your concerns – all of us at Mitchell Dentistry want to ensure that you continue to have a vibrant, youthful smile!

All the best,

Dr. Jim

 

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