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A commonly propagated misconception is that losing teeth is an inevitable part of growing older. The reality is, however, that if you care for your teeth properly, they can last a lifetime. Here are four things you can do to reduce signs of dental aging:

Avoid tooth harming habits: Aging deteriorates your teeth, but certain practices contribute to this process. If you want to take care of your teeth, avoid chewing ice or unusually hard foods. Do not open packages with your teeth, chew on pens, bite your fingernails, or gnash your teeth. If you have any of these habits already, learn how to quit. We know you can do it.

Take good care of your gums: A recent CDC report states that 47.2% of Americans over 30 suffer from gum disease. And the older you get, the higher the chance that gum disease can develop. You can avoid or even reverse this issue simply by upgrading your oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day and floss once a day.

Stay hydrated: Your mouth needs water to produce saliva, which washes away bad bacteria in your mouth. The older you get, the more likely your mouth is to dry out. Fight back by drinking lots of water and chewing sugarless gum. If your medications cause dry mouth, consider talking to your doctor about changing them.

Have regular dental exams: As you age, your teeth’s nerves shrink so that you are less likely you will notice when you have cavities or other issues. That’s why it becomes even more important to visit the dentist every six months.

Need a cleaning and exam? Houston Cosmetic & Family Dental Associates in Spring, Texas, has you covered. Call us at 281-580-8848 and Dr. Kenneth Kirk and our team will be thrilled to meet with you.