As we age, our smiles also age. A misconception is that losing teeth is a ‘normal’ part of aging. That is simply not true. Your teeth can last a lifetime if you properly care for them. Knowing some of the issues that may occur and how to prevent them will help you keep your teeth healthy.

Gum disease is a common problem caused by bacterial plaque build-up around the gums. Decreased saliva production leads to dry mouth and is often a side effect of medications. Plaque, frequent sweets, and mouth dryness can lead to cavities and even tooth loss. The risk for oral cancers increase with age, especially for those who smoke or drink.

To help keep your smile looking young and healthy, follow these simple suggestions: brush twice a day, floss every day, eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke, drink plenty of water, see your dental professional every six months. If you have a  sore that won’t heal, see your dental professional immediately.

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