How to Care for Your Smile as a Senior

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As people grow older, they stop taking care of their smile. This is a common occurrence that we do everything we can to stop. As people get older, they need to take better care of their smiles. If they do so, they can keep their natural and beautiful smile for a lifetime. So, to help you better take care of your smile, we recommend doing the following things:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Do your best to brush your teeth twice a day—every morning and every night. Then, floss your smile with a product of your choice and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. Doing these three things will help you thoroughly clean your teeth each day, preventing tooth decay and other dental issues.
· Use fluoride: Fluoride is a much-needed mineral that many people don’t get enough of. Fluoride strengthens and nourishes the teeth, giving your chompers the ability to survive. So, to make sure you have the fluoride you need, take advantage of our professional fluoride treatment when you come into our office and use fluoride products at home, like fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash.
· Quit smoking: Smoking is a dangerous and destructive habit that can alter the health of your entire body, including your mouth. If you smoke, you have a high chance of developing cancer as well as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
· Visit your dentist: It is vital that you visit your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. If you keep up with these appointments, your smile will be professionally cleaned on a regular basis and your teeth will remain in tip-top shape.

Doing these four things will help you maintain the health and appearance of your natural teeth and it will help you avoid dentures, partial dentures, bridges, and dental implants. We want to help you keep your natural smile for a lifetime. So, if you have any questions or if you need to schedule a cleaning and exam with Dr. Grant Brough, call Ridge Park Dental at 801-773-5285. We look forward to hearing from you!