September is Healthy Aging Month. It’s a time to reflect on your overall health and think about what steps you can take now to make sure you continue to age in good health. Your oral health is an important part of healthy aging. Poor dental health can negatively affect other chronic health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.
At Wood Creek Dental, we encourage patients of all ages to practice a good daily dental hygiene routine and keep your regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings and checkups. You can also benefit from incorporating these good habits into your life:
- Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. Try to limit your intake of soda, energy drinks, and other sugary drinks, which can contribute to tooth decay.
- Snack wisely. Trade in sugary snacks, like candy and baked sweets, for high protein snacks, such as cheese, yogurt, or nuts, or fibrous vegetables, like carrots and broccoli.
- Quit smoking. Give up the daily cigarette habit and decrease your chances for oral cancer and tooth loss.
- Bonus tip for a whiter smile: Avoid teeth staining drinks like red wine and coffee. Or try drinking them through a straw to keep your smile brighter and whiter for longer.
Learn more about how to care for the health of your smile at your next dental appointment. Call Wood Creek Dental today at our Greenville office at 864-288-5300 or our Landrum office at 864-457-3425 to schedule your visit.
We serve patients throughout Greenville, Landrum, Simpsonville, and the entire Upstate South Carolina area. We are looking forward to serving you.