Have you ever wondered if your teeth will last as long as you do? People are living longer than ever. Hitting an 85th birthday in reasonably good health becomes more and more common among seniors every day. On the downside, teeth and gums often become more vulnerable to cavities, decay, plaque, tartar, staining, gingivitis and periodontal disease after you reach the age of 50. Unfortunately, many older adults neglect their teeth and do not receive regular dental care. These folks can lose their teeth long before they lose their lives. To keep your pearly whites in good condition, it’s critical to practice good oral hygiene every day and to develop healthy dental habits.
Calculate Your Dental Health
- Do you smoke or chew tobacco or use snuff? If so, how often and how much?
- When did you start to brush your teeth?
- Do you drink soft drinks? If so, how many per day?
- How often do you brush your teeth?
- How often do you floss?
- Do you visit your dentist for a checkup every six months?
- Do you have your teeth cleaned by a hygienist every six months?
- How old are you?
- Have you ever been treated for gum disease, gingivitis or periodontal disease?
- How many teeth have you lost so far?
- How long do you floss your teeth?
- Do you drink coffee or tea? How often?
- Do you chew gum? If so, what kind?
- How many servings of veggies do you eat every day?
- Are your gums sensitive or painful? Do they bleed when you brush?
- What kind of toothpaste do you use?
- Do you eat a lot of sweets or sugary treats?
- Do you drink alcohol? If so, how often and how much?
- Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth?
- Are you a nail-biter?
If you’re not happy with your dental health quiz results, it’s okay. In most cases you can improve your score dramatically just by making just a few lifestyle changes. Regular visits to your dentist can keep any problems from getting out of hand. Call Dr. Bruce Vafa, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist today to discuss your dental health and treatment options available to you.