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As we age, our teeth and gums age as well. Many people often commit themselves to a life of failed smiles in their twilight years because they assume their teeth cannot be saved. The truth is your teeth can last an entire lifetime and beyond as long as they are properly cared for. Even if dentures must be used instead, they too can provide you the same benefits when given the same amount of care.
Don’t let old age hold back your smile. Listed below are some guidelines for your oral health care in your elder years:
TRUE or FALSE: Medications can cause cavities.
– This is true. Medications can often cause dry mouth symptoms, which are quite often sources of cavities as we age.

What is the perfect way to care for dentures?
– Always remove your dentures every night, and after eating for cleaning. Before inserting a pair of dentures back in your mouth, certify that your mouth is clean and that your dentures are washed with water if they have been soaked in a denture cleanser.

Which bad habits should you destroy?
– In an ideal world, you should stop all bad habits, hence the word bad. However, some are worse than others. If you smoke or chew tobacco, or excessively drink alcohol, no matter what age you are, you should stop right now as they increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, cancer, and even death.

How can you keep your teeth healthy as you age?
– To increase the longevity of your smile, always brush twice daily using soft bristles, and floss at least once every day. Maintain a healthy and safe diet to ensure various foods can’t damage your mouth.

If you think your teeth could use a little extra work and would like to have a professional exam from our team at Smile Oxford Valley Dental Associates, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Fairless Hill, Pennsylvania, by calling us at 215-949-2929. Dr. Andrew Kang & David Cho and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have. Let us help you take charge of your future with a healthy smile.