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The question is often asked if your teeth are destined to failure in old age. You may wonder if your cleaning habits matter when you are older, or should you just accept the inevitability of tooth replacement treatments such as dental bridges, dental implants, or dentures. However, this is not true and your teeth, with the proper care and maintenance, can continue to function properly and effectively even in your twilight years.

The first step to keeping your teeth functional includes making sure that they are clean. Any food debris or particles that linger in your mouth put you at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can result in tooth loss. To combat the harmful effects of food debris and plaque buildup, brush your teeth every day at least two times, and floss between your teeth as well. If traditional brushing and flossing tools are too difficult, try switching to an alternative brush such as an electric toothbrush and an alternative interdental cleaner such as a water flosser.

Be mindful of any foods and drinks you consume. Your teeth will weaken as you age, so be careful of any products that can easily chip or crack teeth. Also, stop any habits that will increase your risk of oral failure, including tobacco products and drug use.

If you think you have an oral health disorder, please call Dr. Jim Kelly Dentistry so we can get you in to see Dr. Jim Kelly and our team as soon as possible. Our office is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and we can be reached at 602-954-1901. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!