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How to protect health during ageing

Here at Vogue Dental Care, we offer a range of support and advice that helps our patients to protect their health as they age.  As the dentist Luton, we are very much focused on preventive care.  This means taking care of one’s health in order to prevent or minimise the risk of any issues or problems cropping up.  Here, we explore the various ways that people can take care of their health as they get older so that they can live healthier lives for longer.

Maintain good oral hygiene at home

Brushing the teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once per day is essential for good health.  Having healthy teeth and gums means that the rest of the body is more likely to be in good condition too.

The mouth is literally the gateway to the rest of the body, which means that conditions such as gum disease can cause other problems like cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.  If in any doubt about the best way to brush or floss, consult with the dentist Luton to get advice on tools and techniques.

Dental check-ups

Visiting us, the dentist Luton, is an important part of taking care of one’s oral health.  Regular check-ups allow us to ensure that the teeth and gums are in good condition.  They also provide the opportunity for us to identify any issues such as the early signs of cavities or gum disease.  If we are able to do this before the patient is aware there is an issue, then the treatment required will be minimal and straightforward.

Exercise

Exercise is important for people of all ages, but it becomes vital as we get older.  The human body is designed to move, and if we do not engage in exercise then it will age much more quickly and be much more prone to deterioration.  Exercise does not have to involve sweating it out in the gym.  Walking every day can provide just as many benefits and has the added bonus of helping to increase vitamin D levels which are also important for good health.

Activities such as cycling and swimming are also excellent choices.  They are known as non-weight bearing forms of exercise, which means that they do not put strain on the joints.  This makes them ideal for those who have issues such as arthritis or former injuries to the limbs.

Good diet

People often underestimate the importance of a good diet, but it is vital to ageing healthily.  Eating lots of fruit and vegetables as well as lean protein and wholegrains can decrease the risk of a range of health problems and is even known to lessen the chances of getting serious illnesses such as cancer.

Hydrate

Many people do not drink enough water, and it shows.  Being dehydrated can make a person look and feel older.  A lack of water can cause lines and wrinkles to be more pronounced and can also make a person feel tired and lacking in energy.  It is best to aim for around 8 glasses per day to prevent these issues.