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If you are a senior who wants to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, we are here to help you! There are four things you can do to maintain a strong and healthy smile, and those things are:

· 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: If you want a healthy smile, use fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that gives your teeth the ability to survive by strengthening and nourishing them. To get the proper amount of fluoride you need, please use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash at home. You can also drink more tap water because each city adds fluoride into the watering system.
· Quit smoking: Smoking can easily destroy your smile and your entire health if you let it. It can cause many different types of cancers and it can also create gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. So, please do your best to quit the habit so you can save your smile.
· Visit your dentist: Dental exams and cleanings are vital for a successful oral health, which is why we strongly recommend keeping up with your checkups every six months. These appointments will give our dental team the chance to deeply clean your smile and prevent dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease.

By adopting these healthy oral habits, you will have the best chance at keeping your natural teeth throughout your life. Our team at Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD cares for you and your smile, and we want you to have the best oral health possible, even though you are aging. So, if you have any questions or if you need help caring for your smile, please feel free to call 208-343-4986 today and schedule an appointment. Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith will be happy to help you in any way they can.