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Are your teeth and gums at the mercy of father time? The constant chewing motions every day can slowly wear out your pearly whites and the joints in your jaw. However, that doesn’t mean your teeth will fail when you are older, as daily habits such as brushing and flossing can keep your teeth strong enough to last a lifetime. Keep in mind the following oral health care guidelines as you age:

– With your dentures, either partial or complete sets, be sure to remove and clean them daily, either with a denture solution or plain water.

– Remember to floss your teeth once daily with a floss that is shred-resistant. If flossing manually is difficult, try switching to an alternative flossing tool such as a water flosser.

– Avoid foods that are hard to bite into, as your teeth are more susceptible to cracking and chipping as time passes.

– Your nerve endings in your teeth become less sensitive over time, making it harder to spot cavities or tooth decay. For additional support, always visit your dentist for your bi-annual professional cleanings and any oral checkups you may require.

– Your teeth may weaken over time, making bad habits such as smoking or using drugs much more destructive to your teeth and gums.

– Remember to brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If brushing manually is difficult, try switching to an alternative brushing tool such as an electric toothbrush.

If you would like to discuss your possible oral health treatments with Dr. Ernesto Prida and the rest of our team here at A Plus Smiles, please schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Edinburg, Texas. Our number is 956-627-3446. We look forward to helping you decide which options will work best in your quest for a healthier smile!