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It is essential to care for your smile as you age. Although we often do not think about our teeth getting older, they do. Furthermore, the wear and tear of a lifetime of heavy use can leave you with a severely damaged mouth later in life, in which case you may be forced to rely on dentures or an alternative tooth prosthetic for your oral health care needs. However, with a healthy lifestyle, optimum lifestyle choices, cleaning habits, and hazard avoidance, it is possible for your natural teeth to last and function effectively for the rest of your life.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your smile is to maintain a daily routine of cleaning your teeth and gums. This means maintaining a focus on brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing between your teeth once per day as well. By keeping your teeth clean, you can minimize plaque buildup and help remove any harmful acids that seek to eat through your tooth enamel. Furthermore, try to use oral health care cleaning utensils that are safe and effective.

Beyond cleaning your teeth, it is important to make sure your teeth are protected against the risks that pose oral health hazards throughout your daily life. This includes an avoidance of activities or substances that seek to destroy your smile. For starters, always make sure you avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits and products such as smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking, and using drugs, all of which can severely debilitate your smile and leave you with oral health ailments such as tooth decay, tooth loss, and even cancer.

If you are looking to improve your smile with dental health treatments at Gilbert Fernandez, D.D.S., Inc., you are welcome to set up an appointment with Dr. Gilbert Fernandez and our team at our dentist office. Contact us at 505.898.8063. We are here to serve as your dentist in Albuquerque, New Mexico to give you the oral health care you need.