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As you age, the health of your smile should never alter. The older you get, the better you should take care of your smile. If you properly take care of your teeth, gums, and underlying bone, you can keep your natural teeth for a lifetime without any problems. To help you properly care for your smile, we recommend doing the following things:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: For the best results possible, you need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with a beneficial mouthwash daily. When you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. When you floss, use a product that works best for you. When you rinse, use a wash that will nourish your teeth and fight off tooth decay and plaque.
· Use fluoride: Each time you come into our office, make sure you take advantage of our professional fluoride treatment. Also, use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash while you are at home. For even more fluoride, drink tap water every chance you get. Fluoride is a strong and beneficial mineral that gives your teeth the ability to survive. It’s important that you receive the right amount of fluoride each day.
· Quit smoking: Smoking will destroy your health in more ways than one. It can create many different types of cancers in your body and it can also cause gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. So, if you want to keep your natural smile for a lifetime, it’s best that you stop smoking.
· Visit your dentist: It is vital that you visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. These appointments will help you professionally clean your smile and will also prevent and treat major dental issues.

If you do these four things, you won’t be the senior who has to replace their teeth with dentures, bridges, or dental implants. You will keep your natural teeth for a lifetime and you will love them. If you need help taking care of your smile, please remember to call Scholes Family Dental today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Scholes. Our friendly dental team is here to help you in any possible way we can if you just call 208-667-1578 now!