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In time, our teeth will wear out. The pace at which they wear out is entirely up to us. If we neglect to care for them they might not last a lifetime and alternative methods and treatments must be used, such as dentures or dental implants. However, with proper care, our teeth, both those that are natural or false, can still keep functioning for us as long as we need them to.

Consider the following elderly oral hygiene guidelines for a healthy mouth and a happy smile:

Which bad habits in your life need to go away?
– Ideally, you should quit 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 give them up immediately as they increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, cancer, and even death.

What are some of the habits that can keep your teeth healthy as you get older?
– To increase the strength of your smile, always brush twice daily using soft bristles, and floss at least once daily. Maintain a healthy and strong diet to ensure various foods don’t harm your mouth.

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

What advice should always be followed when caring for dentures?
– Always take out your dentures every night, and after every meal for cleaning. Before inserting a pair of dentures back in your mouth, check to make sure that your mouth is clean and that your dentures are washed with water if they have been 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 Edford L. Clark, DMD, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Prestonburg, Kentucky, by calling us at 606-886-4260. Dr. Edford Clark and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have. Get the smile you’ve always dreamed of with our help today!