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You probably know that you should care for your smile to avoid problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and even bad breath, but did you know that caring for your smile now can ensure a better future?

You’ve probably heard that teeth weaken as you age, but did you know they aren’t meant to? In fact, your teeth are incredibly strong and may not weaken as we age—as long as they’re cared for properly.

For instance, following a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your teeth. You see, your mouth has both good and bad bacteria. Bad bacteria cause plaque to form and lead to issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Eating unhealthy foods upsets the balance between these bacteria, which creates an environment plaque is more likely to grow in.

On the other hand, there are things you can do now that can cause problems in the future. While neglecting your oral hygiene could be the worst thing you could do, grinding your teeth is another serious issue. You see, if you grind your teeth you could cause damage to your teeth’s protective outer layer. This will make your teeth more vulnerable to gum disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Finally, please check any medications you’re taking. Some medications cause problems such as dry mouth, which can lead to long-term complications. We recommend speaking with our dentist, Dr. Julia Gourley to learn exactly what your medication can do to your smile and how you can avoid these types of issues.

If you eat well, keep up good oral hygiene, and visit your dentist often, you can enjoy a healthy smile as you age. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Apple Family Dental at 360-423-5580. We look forward to hearing from you soon!