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As you know, everyone ages. You may have heard you’ll lose your teeth as you age. However, this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, with proper care, your teeth can last for your entire lifetime. However, if you don’t care for your teeth well, you could lose your teeth.

One thing you should be careful with is gum disease. Naturally, gum disease can be problematic regardless of your age. However, you should know that as you age, you will be more likely to get gum disease. To be fair, the elderly may be more prone to gum disease because of smoking. You see, when the elderly were young, smoking was more common and the connection between gum disease and smoking wasn’t clear yet.

If you care for your teeth well from an early age, you’ll be less likely to suffer from tooth loss. However, if you consistently neglect brushing and flossing, you’ll be more likely to suffer from gum disease and tooth loss.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do now to keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come. Arguably, the most important thing you can do is brush and floss each day. You see, you have good and bad bacteria in your mouth. Good bacteria can keep your mouth clean. Conversely, by brushing and flossing you can remove the bad bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and similar issues.

Finally, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Craig Thompson, for regular cleanings and checkups. If you are interested in learning more, or in scheduling an appointment with us, please feel free to contact Ventana Family Dentistry at 623-566-1200. We’re excited to hear from you!