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Optimum oral hygiene for advanced ages requires optimum care, a little extra patience, and a continued belief and practice in your daily oral health care habits. With perseverance, your smiles can continue to shine brightly, even if parts of your natural smile has been replaced with dentures, bridges, or dental implants.

Take the time to begin planning for your oral health as you age. Here are some common guidelines to help you get started:

What are some of the habits that can 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 daily. Improve your diet to ensure various foods don’t harm your mouth.

Which bad habits should you cut out of your life?
– Ideally, you should cut out 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 immediately as they increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, cancer, and even death.

TRUE or FALSE: Medications can cause cavities.
– This is true. Medications can often cause dry mouth symptoms, which are common causes of cavities as we age.

What is the best method for caring for dentures?
– Always remove your dentures at night, and after every meal for cleaning. Before inserting a pair of dentures back in your mouth, ensure that your mouth is clean and that your dentures have been washed with water if they were soaked in a denture cleanser.

If you think your teeth could use a little extra work and would like to have a professional exam from our team at Texas Teeth, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Mesquite, Texas, by calling us at 972- 270-5113. Dr. Scharla Collins and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have. Make the change you seek in yourself today.