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As you get older, the key to oral health as an adult is to continue practicing proper dental hygiene. Just because you aren’t eating as many sweets as you did when you were a kid, doesn’t mean you can’t get cavities. And now that you are advancing in years, gum disease is a serious risk factor that you need to worry about. So, it is important to be following the basics:

-Regular dentist checkups for professional cleanings and evaluation. Early discovery of a serious problem like gum disease or oral cancer can make a huge difference in cost and treatment options. Some complications might even be completed avoided by catching an issue early.

-Brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Just as you did when a youth, you will need to consistently remove the plaque build-up on your teeth which is the main cause of dental decay.

-Daily flossing to get at the plaque that hides between your teeth around the gumline. Hardened plaque becomes tartar and once tartar has calcified it can only be gotten rid of by a professional cleaning at your dentist’s office.

-Reduced intake of foods that contain sugars or starches. Also, if you cut out snacking in between meals it will reduce the acids in your mouth that attack the enamel of your teeth.

If you’d like more information about aging teeth and what you can do to care for them, feel free to call Dr. Brent D Pulley and our team at Desert Foothills Dental. You can make an appointment at: 480-460-1911, or come by our office in Phoenix, Arizona.