A recent survey conducted by Proctor & Gamble and the American Association of Retired Persons has revealed that one of the top three concerns of 50-68 year olds is oral health but also raises concerns that this group is not taking proper care of their oral health at home. While 74 % of participants said that they visit the dentist or oral hygienist at least twice a year, 60 % of respondents said that they do not use mouthwash, 47 % do not floss every day, and 34 % only brush their teeth once a day.
So what can you do if you fall in this age bracket and are concerned about your oral health? It is important to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, reaching all surfaces of the teeth, to remove plaque and bacteria build up. Ask your hygienist or dentist for advice about any areas in your mouth that need special attention. Flossing helps to remove plaque and particles from those areas that can be difficult for the toothbrush to access eg between teeth while using an antiseptic mouthwash can help decrease problems associated with plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums.
These are all important steps in caring for teeth and gums. Proper oral healthcare at home along with regular visits to the dentist and hygienist will help ensure that your teeth will last a lifetime.