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To make sure that your teeth and gums are well protected as you age, you need to assess any issues and risks with your oral health and implement the appropriate treatments or preventive plans as needed. Because your teeth tend to weaken over time, additional care may be required as you age.

Your oral health often depends on making sure that you have all aspects of your life in check, which includes making sure that your diet, your hygiene routine, and lifestyle choices you implement are all designed to keep your teeth and gums safe. Even if one factor of your oral health care is faltering, it could lead to eventual damage to your teeth and gums.

Improvements to your smile as you age include always implementing the appropriate cleaning techniques such as brushing and flossing daily every day. You should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, twice a day. Always make sure you are flossing between your teeth once a day with a shred-resistant floss or an interdental cleaner such as a water flosser. Also, make sure to avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco as well as unhealthy food and drink choices that can lead to dental damage.

Be aware of the risks to your smile that unhealthy habits can cause to your teeth and gums, which can include risks associated with tobacco and drug use. These products can destroy your smile and lead to several types of cancer. So, avoid these habits to keep your smile strong for decades to come.

Do you want to learn more about how to care for an aging smile? If so, please call 818-558-4332 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc. at our dental office in Burbank, California for your oral health care treatments. Our dentist and our expert team want to make your smile our focus.