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You probably know that you should care for your smile to avoid problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and even bad breath, but did you know that caring for your smile now can ensure a better future?

If you’re worried about what will happen to your teeth, we have good news for you. Your teeth are extremely durable—and if you care for them well, they can stay healthy and strong as you age. Of course this includes brushing twice a day (preferably for two minutes at a time). Similarly, you’ll need to floss at least once a day and you should visit our dentist for routine cleanings. Still, there are other things you can do.

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. Susan A. Vanstone 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. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Great Grins at 859-626-9339. We look forward to hearing from you soon!