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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.

Conversely, if you grind your teeth you could be wearing them down. In fact, when you grind you damage your enamel—the protective outer layer of your teeth—and leave your mouth more vulnerable to gum disease. Sadly, gum disease will weaken your teeth and make them more vulnerable.

On a final note, please talk to our dentist, Dr. Henry Danziger, about any medications you are taking. Some medications can cause problems in your mouth, which may lead to serious complications. Our dentist and your doctor will be happy to discuss what you can do to keep your smile healthy and to get the medication you need.

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 us at 203.729.0563. We look forward to hearing from you soon.