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Your smile is important to Dr. Jorgensen and our dental team, every year of your life. This is why we encourage you to take meticulous care of your teeth and gums! If you do so, you can maintain a healthy, natural smile through your whole life. Here are some tip to help you care for your smile as you grow older.

First, do your best to clean your teeth and gums. Keep up on oral hygiene, which should include brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. It should also include flossing your teeth once a day for 2-3 minutes. Using a over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwash may be a good addition to the oral hygiene routines of some people. You also need to visit Dr. Jorgensen biannually for a six-month checkup. These things can help you avoid common culprits of tooth loss such as cavities and dental erosion.

It’s best to have a balanced and healthy diet. There are certain foods that can harm your smile; sugary, starchy, and acidic foods are on this list. It’s also best to eat more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products like cheese and yogurt. If you need to limit dairy for any reason, try other calcium-rich foods such as beans, dark leafy greens, or fortified cereal products.

Stop using tobacco. Not only does smoking and chewing tobacco increase your risk of having certain types of cancer, but it also promotes tooth decay and gum disease. These ultimately lead to loose and lost teeth. The best thing you can do for your smile–as well as your overall health–is to quit using tobacco.

Doing these things can help you have the smile want, through your entire life. For more information and details about how to maintain a healthy smile as a senior in Gainesville, Georgia, please call Legacy Family Dentistry at 770-536-1170. Our dental team looks forward to helping you!