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Keeping your smile strong as you age is easier than ever before with the help of modern technology and additional advances in dentistry. Still, time wears on your oral health even as it does your body, predisposing you to oral afflictions if you are not proactive. You become more susceptible to oral cancers, gum disease, dry mouth, and oral thrush. The good news is, you can take steps every day to keep them at bay. Let’s take a look at what you can do.

-Up your fluoride. Aging causes the teeth to become more brittle. But fluoride works to protect your tooth’s enamel shield, keeping the dentin and tooth pulp safe. By taking a fluoride tablet daily, or brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, you can strengthen tooth enamel. Another option to consider is having our dental team provide a fluoride treatment. Other ways to increase fluoride is to drink tap water with fluoride added.

-Give up tobacco. This toxic substance is one of the main contributors to oral cancer. Because it also causes dry mouth, it increases your susceptibility to tooth decay. Using tobacco over time multiplies the effect cumulatively. We strongly encourage giving up this dangerous habit, for the sake of your oral health as well as your overall health.

-Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Getting older often means increasing illnesses within the body that result in taking medications. Unfortunately, these can also bring on dry mouth as a side effect. If this is the case for you, you can speak with your doctor about substituting another medication. Additionally, you can drink plenty of water throughout the day, chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow, and avoid dehydrating liquids such as alcohol and caffeinated soda.

-Swish those microbes away. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash as part of your daily oral hygiene care can reduce bacterial plaque in your mouth. We recommend products with the ADA seal of approval on the packaging to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Don’t forget your routine dental checkups to help your smile age gracefully. You can phone 21st Century Dental Care in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, at (908) 604-5959 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Vitaly Friedman today!