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Retirees – Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader on the Subject of Your Teeth?

By Jill Feilmeier on January 4, 2012 in Dental Health

Older adult male talking to dentist

True or False: Now that you are retired, you want to have a healthy smile to flash when you are bragging about your grandkids, your travels and all your free time? Of course this is true! To make sure you keep your pearly whites in top bragging condition, take this quiz to see if you are smile savvy.

True or False: Older adults can still get cavities?
In fact, some adults are even more prone to cavities as they age due to receding gum lines and old fillings that break down. Certain medications can also increase your risk for tooth decay by causing dry mouth.

True or False: Bad breath that doesn't go away could be a sign of gum disease?
Gum disease is more prevalent in adults, and frequent bad breathe is a warning sign of this infection. Gums that are often sore, tender, swollen or bleed easily are other indicators.

True or False: Losing your teeth is a natural part of the aging process?
Your teeth CAN last a lifetime if you continue to give them proper care. You know the drill by now: brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day and visit the dentist on a regular basis. These are all common healthy teeth rules, and pretty simple, however, some adults still neglect these basic guidelines.

True or False: As long as I have no toothaches or mouth pain, my mouth is healthy?
As you age, your mouth changes and the nerves in your teeth become less sensitive to pain. That means you may not experience soreness or tenderness from tooth decay or gum disease. Don't wait to feel pain to see the dentist. The sooner you discover dental problems, the easier (and usually cheaper) they can be treated.

True or False: Electronic toothbrushes are a good option for people with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to maneuver a toothbrush?
Ask your dentist to recommend a quality, affordable electronic toothbrush that gives you extra brushing power.

True or False: It's important to keep my dentist informed about any health problems I have or medicines I take?
Certain health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can be linked to gum disease, and some prescriptions can dry out your mouth which increases your chances of developing cavities. The more your dentist knows about your general health, the better he or she can stay alert for related dental and overall health problems.

True or False: You aced this test?
Let's just say true!
Whether you aced this test or you learned something along the way, it won't make your mouth any healthier unless you put these tips into action. Take care of your teeth now so you will have one more thing to brag about during retirement!