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Many seniors give up on their teeth. This usually results in lost teeth over time. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. If you want to maintain your top-notch smile as a senior, there are things you can do to on a regular basis. Those things are:

-Keep up on oral hygiene: Oral hygiene is extremely important, so please do your best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss your smile once a day. You can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush so you can clean your smile and take care of your gums.

-Use fluoride: Fluoride is a beneficial mineral that will strengthen and nourish your smile every chance it gets. We need fluoride each and every day so we can prevent tooth decay and other dental issues. However, many of us don’t receive the amount of fluoride we truly need. So, make sure you take advantage of our fluoride treatment when you come into our office as well as use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash every day at home.

-Have a balanced diet: Eating healthy foods won’t just improve the health of your overall body, but it will also help you strengthen your teeth. So, it’s best to keep a balanced diet as much as possible by eating more fruits and vegetables and by limiting snacking throughout the day.

-Quit smoking: Smoking can put you at a greater risk of developing lung and oral cancer, but it can also put you at a greater risk of experiencing gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. So, the best thing you can do for your smile and for your overall health is to kick the smoking habit.

-Visit your dentist: It is vital that you visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. These appointments will help you professionally clean your smile and will also prevent and treat major dental issues.

These things will help you feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout your life. Taking care of your smile can do wonderful things for your oral health as well as your appearance.

If you have any questions or if you would like additional help about how to maintain a strong smile in University Place, Washington, please feel free to call our team today at 253-564-7645 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Burrell. We look forward to helping you!