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Tips for Preserving Your Teeth as You Age

tips for preserving your teeth as you ageThroughout history, tooth loss was common. Even just a generation ago, people expected to lose their teeth and to eventually wear dentures. Today, tooth loss is largely preventable, and with good care, you can keep your teeth throughout your life.

1. Protect
Small cavities may not necessarily need to be filled. Fluoride applied directly to these softened areas may help recalcify the enamel and prevent the need for future dental fillings. Regular checkups can help you catch these cavities before they worsen. Every six months is the schedule recommended by the ADA. These also give us an opportunity to evaluate your dental restorations and ensure they are all in good shape.

2. Clean
Good dental hygiene is one of the most basic steps that you can take to keep your smile healthy. Use an electric toothbrush if possible, and brush all surfaces of your teeth at least two minutes twice a day. Finish with floss, which cleans between the teeth where the brush cannot reach.

3. Prevent
Teeth can become severely damaged by an improper bite or bruxism. If your bite is off or if you regularly clench or grind your teeth, you may need treatment to reduce the risk of further damage. Orthodontics may be appropriate to correct your bite. If you have bruxism, our dentist may recommend a mouth guard, which can alleviate the pressure on your teeth.

Keeping your teeth healthy requires only a few extra minutes of care a day and regular checkups. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Northridge dentist.

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