If you are looking forward to retirement, the chances are that you have big plans. Whether your plans include new hobbies, travel, or just staying at home, you’re probably lining everything up to make a great experience. As part of these plans, you should make sure you are taking care of your oral health. Otherwise, you may get an unpleasant surprise that could derail your plans.

Oral Health Is a Necessary Foundation

If you want to enjoy a healthy, active retirement, then you need to ensure you are taking good care of your oral health. If you don’t, you are

more likely to experience serious health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, and early dementia.

That’s because poor oral health fosters a chronic infection that can spread to other parts of your body, such as your heart and your arteries. It also causes systemic inflammation, which is damaging to your system and has been linked to early onset dementia and increased cancer risk. There are no guarantees in life, but taking care of your oral health gives you better odds for a longer life and a more enjoyable retirement.

Your Insurance Situation Will Change

When you retire, you will likely lose the good insurance that your employer provides. Getting good dental insurance can be very expensive as you get older, so there’s no reason to put off dental procedures until later. You want all the problems to be taken care of so you don’t have to worry about them later.

Take a Proactive Approach

In the past, you may have been content to just address dental problems as they arose. But now is the time for taking a different approach. Instead of just responding to problems, seek out a dentist who will evaluate for emerging issues that will be a problem five or ten years from now. See what you can do to head them off and achieve a positive health status.

Long-Term Restorations

As part of this proactive approach, you should invest in long-term restorations. Getting these restorations placed now, while you have the income to easily handle them is better than trying to get them later, when your income may be more limited.

Also, remember that investing in procedures like dental implants is about more than just a pretty smile: their function and longevity will improve your quality of life and help you enjoy a longer retirement.

Plan for an Active Life

Most people don’t realize the role your teeth play in enjoying an active lifestyle. Your teeth help your jaw stabilize your head, neck, and spine. People with few teeth, poorly fitting dentures, or no dentures, are less able to maintain an active life and are more likely to experience accidents like falls.

So when you’re talking to your dentist about retirement, don’t forget to ask about your bite and how it might be improved.

We Can Help with Your Planning

We know you have big plans for your retirement, and we want to see you enjoy them all. If you are looking for an Orange County dentist to help you achieve the foundation of good oral health for a wonderful retirement, please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.