New research from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research shows that calcium and vitamin D supplements help older adults hang on to their original set of pearly whites. When combined with good oral care from your Garden City dental team and regular dental hygiene, such as flossing and brushing, you can prevent tooth loss and gum disease.
Tooth Loss Increases With Age
Seniors have a higher risk of cavities than teenagers because as you age, the root surface is more exposed from gum loss. Many prescription drugs can dry out the mouth, which means saliva isn’t washing away the bacteria in the mouth. Many seniors also have mobility problems or joint pain, which can make performing dental care much more difficult. Talk to your Garden City, NY dentist about solutions that can make using floss and a toothbrush easier with age.
Supplements Benefit Your Bones
Your body absorbs calcium citrate better than calcium carbonate. Choosing a product that combines calcium with vitamin D enhances the absorption rate, too. Look for the USP symbol on the supplement you take, which symbolizes the ability to dissolve properly.
Talk to your dentist about tooth loss and dietary supplements to maintain your healthy smile. Make an appointment with Dr. Dominique Lizzio, Dr. John Cerrato or Dr. George Sheehan to discuss your oral health care.