Understanding Aging and Dental Health

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As you age, your teeth age right along with you. Even if you are taking care of them by cleaning them every day, there is still a chance that they can be worn down and become weaker and more brittle with age. Because of this, you should implement more effective cleaning tools and treatments as you continue to progress through life.

One of the key focuses of your oral health care begins by making sure you take the time to continue brushing and flossing on a daily basis, which includes making sure you’re using tools that will not further damage your tooth enamel. Always use non-abrasive toothbrushes and toothpaste, which includes brushes with soft bristles that have not been worn down. If your brush begins to wear down, it will need to be replaced.

Improving your diet is also important for keeping your teeth strong as you age. Even foods that you may have been able to bite through in the past could give you issues in the future. Always exercise caution when biting in the hard foods. Furthermore, limit the consumption of acidic products that can easily damage tooth enamel.

Unhealthy habits in your lifestyle can slowly drain your smile of its shine. Smoking and drinking can produce long-term effects including gum disease and tooth loss. Beyond that, it can lead to serious infection and cancer. Because of this, you should limit these practices.

No matter what oral health care treatments you need, Dr. Frank Russomanno, Jr. and our team at Oakdale Family Dentistry are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an oral examination to come see us at our dental office in Oakdale, Minnesota, please call us at 651-731-6464 to speak with a member of our team. The perfect smile of your dreams is only a visit away!