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SeniorZine, Issue #0123 -- Healthy Gums And Teeth
November 01, 2014

Health Success As Senior? Yes, Absolutely!

SeniorZine, Issue #013 -- Healthy Gums And Teeth

November 1, 2014

Are You Long In The Teeth?

Recently I had occasion to go to the dentist. A crown had fallen out. I had no idea this incident would lead to a lesson in gum and tooth health for older people.

Well, not really – it was just a lesson for ME. An important one.

So, I want to share this with you, as you may perhaps (hopefully not) find yourself in a similar situation some time.

They say that with proper care, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. This will reduce the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Wonderful news!

How Do You Properly Care For Gums And Teeth?

There are four basic steps:

1. Brushing twice a day

2. Flossing at least once a day

3. Eating right (www.SeniorHealthSuccess.com/plant-based-diet.html)

4. Regular checkups and cleaning at the dentist's (after carefully selecting the right dentist)

As we get older, with proper dental care we can reduce the shrinking of the gum line and thus the exposure of the teeth to increased decay. Greater exposure allows the teeth to loosen and appear longer.

I dislike the expression "long in the tooth" that describes people of advanced age. But there is truth to it, isn't there?

Anyway, I want to keep it short today - and "short in the tooth."

Just a friendly reminder of how important lifelong vigilance is with regard to your highly valuable smiley face. I'll tape it to my mirror.

If you ever observe the promotion of crunchy corn nuts at your favorite local "warehouse store" you'll see who passes on the freebies offered: the older adults and seniors with all their dental woes.

To keep this from happening to you, just remember the above :))

I always say: "It's never too late" – and so, I encourage you to spread the word to all your senior friends and loved ones. If you or someone you know has questions about health behavior changes (diet and exercise) - contact me . I'm here to listen and help.

I know it works. I'm doing it.

As you already know, I enjoy being my peers' guide, supporter and cheerleader.

Take time for dietary and exercise improvements. Make time for living! Make time for challenges!

One of the goals of www.SeniorHealthSuccess.com is to show you how to live a longer and healthier life by learning from many different older adults, including centenarians.

You can look forward to lots of encouraging information in future editions of SeniorZine.

Yours in good senior health,

Guenter Hauser, CHC, CFT, SSF

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