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Many people believe that a normal part of getting older is losing your teeth. Actually, the truth is that if you see your dentist for your routine appointments and practice good oral hygiene, you a should be able to keep your teeth for your entire life.

This is not to say that your mouth doesn’t change as you get older. It does. The nerves in your teeth may shrink, and you might not notice problems in your mouth the way you once did. Older people are at an increased risk for problems such as dry mouth, and oral diseases. As you age, your gums will recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. The cementum which covers the tooth roots is much more susceptible to decay. Also, after years of use, your teeth will start to wear down and lose their enamel.

But you don’t have to let dental problems get the better of you. You need to continue to see your dentist twice a year, or as often as he directs, for cleanings, exams, and to give your dentist the chance to spot small problems before they become bigger ones. You should continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. If you wear dentures, they need to be cleaned every day, and you should brush your gums to stimulate the blood flow. If you smoke or use tobacco, you are at a higher risk for gum disease, oral cancer and other health problems. You may also want to talk with your dentist to find out if a fluoride supplement is right for you.

No matter what your age may be, our dentist, Dr. Mandy Nicacio at Hermiston Dental Group will be happy to help you with your smile. If you live in the Hermiston, Oregon, area and would like to make an appointment at Hermiston Dental Group, call 541-567-4143 today.