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Saturday, 30 May 2015

That old expression has been around for years, used as a way to refer to a person's age.  But I prefer to look at it as referring to a person's long list of experiences in life. (If you don't mind.  LOL.)  But truth is, as we get older, our gums do tend to recede and our teeth get "longer," exposing our nerves, which can make our teeth less comfortable, maybe even a little painful.  Those teeth of ours are so important.  Not just for a beautiful smile but hey, eating is pretty darned important too, right?  LOL.  But today, I've got some suggestions to help keep those teeth of yours in good shape, even as you get older.

Work to reduce the acidity in your mouth that comes from the foods you eat.
For one thing, work to reduce the acidity in your mouth that comes from the foods you eat.  If you eat a food high in acids, rinse your mouth with warm water after eating them.  But wait 30 minutes before brushing because you can drive lingering acid deeper into your teeth.
Speaking of rinsing, water is so important to a healthy mouth.  In fact, a dry mouth is one of the culprits when it comes to tooth pain.  Your saliva helps neutralize any acids in your mouth and drinking plenty of water is a great way to help.  By the way, some medications, such as antidepressants and blood pressure drugs can lead to a drier mouth.  So don't forget to drink your eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day.
If you're a gum-chewer, please choose a sugar-free gum.  It helps get the mouth's juices flowing, increasing the amount of acid-neutralizing saliva in your mouth I mentioned earlier.  By the way, gum sweetened with sugar actually feeds acid-secreting bacteria in your mouth and can irritate sensitive teeth.
There are some good sensitivity toothpastes on the market.
There are also some good sensitivity toothpastes on the market. Talk to your dentist about them and ask which one he or she recommends.  There are also some good mouth rinses that can help, like Biotene or ACT Total Care Dry Mouth.  They're both quite effective so talk to your dentist about using them, too.
Finally, let's talk about that toothbrush of yours.  Always remember when brushing your teeth that a gentle touch goes a long way.  Stiff bristles on your toothbrush and brushing too hard can wear away the enamel on your teeth and speed gum recession.  Use a tooth brush that has softer bristles and brush at a 45-degree angle, in small, circular strokes.
There!  Try these tips and they'll help keep those teeth of yours looking and feeling good for, (here it comes), a LONG time!