Your every-age smile is important to Dr. Scott Chandler and our dental team. This is why we encourage you to take good care of your teeth and gums! If you do so, you can maintain a healthy, beautiful, and natural smile throughout your life. Here are some tips to help you care for your smile.
First, do your best to care for and clean your teeth and gums. Keep up on oral hygiene, which should consist of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and flossing your teeth once a day for 2-3 minutes. Using ADA approved therapeutic mouthwash may be a good addition to the oral hygiene routines of some people. You also need to visit Dr. Scott Chandler twice a year for a six-month checkup. These things can help you avoid common culprits of tooth loss.
Second, it’s best to have a balanced and healthy diet. Unfortunately, there are certain foods that can harm your smile. Sugary, starchy, or acidic foods can cause problems for your mouth. It’s also best to eat more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products (like cheese and yogurt). If you need to limit dairy, try other calcium-rich foods such as beans or dark leafy greens.
Third, stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Not only does smoking increase your risk of having certain types of cancer, but it can also promote tooth decay and gum disease, which ultimately result in loose and lost teeth. The best thing you can do for your smile–as well as your overall health–is to quit smoking.
Doing these things can help you have the smile you deserve. For more information and details about how to maintain a healthy smile as a senior in Payson, Utah, please call Silver Creek Dental at 801-465-1810. Our dental team looks forward to helping you and your smile!