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Many people think that teeth become inevitably lost when they grow older. This is why many seniors end up with dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. There are things you can do on a regular basis to keep your smile in tip-top shape even as a senior. Those things are:

-Keep up on oral hygiene: For the best results possible, you need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with a beneficial mouthwash daily. When you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. When you floss, use a product that works best for you. When you rinse, use a wash that will nourish your teeth and fight off tooth decay and plaque.

-Use fluoride: If you want a healthy smile, use fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that gives your teeth the ability to survive by strengthening and nourishing them. To get the proper amount of fluoride you need, please use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash at home. You can also drink more tap water because each city adds fluoride into the watering system.

-Have a balanced diet: Eating healthy foods and snacks will keep your chompers in tip-top shape. So, do your best to eat balanced meals as well as incorporate as many fruits and veggies into your diet as possible.

-Quit smoking: Smoking can easily destroy your smile and your entire health if you let it. It can cause many different types of cancer and it can also cause gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. So, please do your best to quit the habit so you can save your smile.

-Visit your dentist: Dental exams and cleanings are vital for a successful oral health, which is why we strongly recommend keeping up with your checkups every six months. These appointments will give our dental team the chance to deeply clean your smile and prevent dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease.

By adopting these healthy oral habits, you will have the best chance at keeping your natural teeth throughout your life. Our team cares for you and your smile, and we want you to have the best oral health possible, even when you are aging. So, if you have any questions about smile care in Tucson, Arizona, or if you need help caring for your smile, please feel free to call 520-298-5556 today and schedule an appointment. Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC will be happy to help you in any way he can.