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As the years march on, our bodies become older and our bones become weaker. Fortunately, there are countless exercises and treatments you can use to keep your body in great shape. Though you may have been able to keep your teeth clean with some bad habits or lackadaisical approaches in the past, effective treatments become much more crucial as your teeth age and weaken.

Should you find yourself with any missing teeth, you should consider a tooth replacement treatment such as dentures. Even though dentures are artificial, they still need to be cared for. Every night your dentures, whether partial or complete dentures, should be taken out and soaked in plain water or a dentist-approved cleaning solution. Never leave your dentures out to dry, as this will damage them.

As we get older, poor lifestyle habits can have a greater negative effect on your body. This includes smoking and chewing tobacco and using recreational drugs. To prevent all the oral health ailments and diseases that come with these bad habits, stop them as soon as you can.

Lastly, one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth healthy as you age is to practice safe and effective oral health routines. This includes brushing and flossing daily. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice every day and flossing once every day. The utensils you use to clean your teeth are just as important. Select a toothbrush that has soft bristles and can fit comfortably in your mouth. If you have a hard time cleaning with your brush due to a lack of energy or weaknesses with your muscles or bone, try switching to easier tools, such as electric toothbrushes. The same can be said for flossing, for if you struggle, try using a water flosser instead.

Make sure to take good care of your aging smile, so it can last a lifetime. For more information about aging and dental health, or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Cameron Clark and our team at Northwest Center for Dentistry, give us a call at (406) 752-4530. Our dentist office is conveniently located in Kalispell, Montana. We look forward to improving your smile for many years to come!