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Would you be surprised to learn that caring for your smile now can lead to better teeth in the future? While you probably aren’t, did you know there are a few things you should do—aside from brushing and flossing—in order to keep your smile healthy as you age?

You’ve probably heard that teeth weaken as you age, but did you know they aren’t meant to? In fact, your teeth are incredibly strong and may not weaken as we age—as long as they’re cared for properly.

For instance, following a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your teeth. You see, your mouth has both good and bad bacteria. Bad bacteria cause plaque to form and lead to issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Eating unhealthy foods upsets the balance between these bacteria, which creates an environment plaque is more likely to grow in.

Conversely, if you grind your teeth you could be wearing them down. In fact, when you grind you damage your enamel—the protective outer layer of your teeth—and leave your mouth more vulnerable to gum disease. Sadly, gum disease will weaken your teeth and make them more vulnerable.

Finally, please check any medications you’re taking. Some medications cause problems such as dry mouth, which can lead to long-term complications. We recommend speaking with our dentist, Dr. Dido Kim to learn exactly what your medication can do to your smile and how you can avoid these types of issues.

If you eat well, keep up good oral hygiene, and visit your dentist often, you can enjoy a healthy smile as you age. To learn more about what you can do to keep your mouth healthy and strong, please don’t hesitate to contact Dido Kim at 201-854-5500. We look forward to hearing from you soon!