Oral hygiene becomes even more important as we age. While many people seem to think tooth loss is an inevitable part of aging, practicing healthy habits can help prevent this.

Regular dentist visits are one of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy as you get older. Because the nerves in the teeth contract with age, teeth become unable to sense cavities and other dental issues. If you attend your regular check-up, however, your dentist can catch these issues before they worsen.

Between dentist visits, there are a number of things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. You should always brush your teeth twice a day. Ideally, you should use a brush with soft, pliant bristles. An electric toothbrush may also be beneficial.

Flossing is also important. Use floss once a day to remove tartar and build up from between your teeth. If your tap water contains fluoride, it’s also a great way to maintain healthy teeth. Drink eight glasses a day to prevent unwanted tooth decay.

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