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Taking Care Of Your Teeth As You Get Older

As we get older, it can get harder and harder to take care of certain parts of our bodies. And for many of us, that means dealing with a bit of tooth decay and even the loss of our teeth altogether. Our mouths age just as surely as we do! 

However, there’s a lot you can do to take care of your teeth. Sure, you might need to be a bit more proactive with your enamel care and watching out for signs of gum disease, but it’s all possible to do so! And with the points below, we hope to help you keep that smile as full and shiny for many years to come.

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Brush AND Floss

As we get older, our mouths need a lot more TLC than ever before. And that means you’re going to have to both brush AND floss, rather than just one or the other. Maybe you could get away with it in your younger days, but now you’re going to have to commit to a more thorough routine. While you’re at it, you might even want to invest in a reliable mouthwash brand to top it all off. 

Don’t Put Off Seeing a Dentist

Do you like seeing the dentist? Probably not; no one wants to lie back in a chair while someone fiddles around in their mouth with a dental probe and mirror! And of course, we all know that kids can be loath to see the dentist – it’s a scary place filled with scary medical instruments! But as an adult, we definitely can’t let that fear hold us back. 

The older you get, the more important dental care becomes. You wouldn’t want to miss your window for keeping your original teeth, and you certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on the chance to use proper, fitted dentures to allow you to eat and drink normally. 

And the dentist can have a lot of good advice for you, if you’re not sure where you’re going wrong or what to do next. A dental appointment is your chance to talk through your worries, and get them seen to as soon as possible. 

Watch Your Food

Finally, your teeth care all comes back to your diet. What are you eating? And how big are your portions? It all matters for the sake of your enamel, and the amount of acid that could swarm and also reflux and wear down your teeth before their time. 

Anything that’s packed with sugar is a no go, and you might not realize it, but wine, cider, and your favorite sauces are doing you more harm than good too! Of course, you’re an adult so you eat what you want, but make sure you’re aware of how your favorite foods might be affecting your teeth and gums. 

If you want to take better care of your teeth, and have a smile to match, be sure to keep points like those above in mind for the future. 

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