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Are your teeth failing because you are getting older? The constant wear and tear on your mouth from chewing and eating food can destroy your teeth and the joints in your jaw. However, that doesn’t mean your teeth will fall out when you are older, as everyday habits such as brushing and flossing can keep your teeth strong enough to last a lifetime.

To help you maintain good oral health as you age, keep in mind the following oral health care guidelines:

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

– Avoid foods that are hard to bite into, as your teeth are more likely to crack and chip as you age.

– Your nerve endings in your teeth get smaller over time, making it harder to feel any signs of cavities or tooth decay. For additional care, always visit your dentist for your bi-annual professional cleanings and any oral checkups you may require.

– With both partial and complete sets of dentures, always make sure to remove and clean them daily, either with a denture solution or plain water.

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

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

Pooley Dentistry is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Steven Pooley and our team in Loves Park, Illinois, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 815-968-5434. We look forward to helping your smile receive the quality care it deserves!