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Oral health care for senior citizens doesn’t have to fall off with age. Teeth aren’t guaranteed to fall out, as some would tend to expect. Our teeth are designed to be sturdy and last for well past a lifetime’s worth of wear and tear if we properly care for them. Over time, it may be harder for us to keep up our daily habits. If you struggle with various tools for brushing and cleaning, modern technology is creating many new elderly-friendly tools to help.

Here are a few healthy habits to remember:

– Make Time for your Dentist: Make sure you visit your dentist as directed for a professional cleaning or oral exam.

– Quit Bad Habits: If you smoke, drink heavy alcohol, or chew tobacco, you are at a much higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and cancer.

– Clean Your Dentures: If you have dentures, be sure to remove them and clean them daily.

– Floss Daily: Floss at least once a day using floss or a dentist-approved flossing tool.

– Avoid Hard Snacks: It’s important to avoid hard snacks that can damage your weakened teeth. Hard snacks include hard lollipops, popcorn kernels, or chewing on ice.

– Brush Daily: Brush at least twice a day using soft bristles. If manual brushing is too difficult, use an electric toothbrush.

Follow these important guidelines, and oral health care in your twilight years can be much more enjoyable. If you have not made time for your dentist at Central Illinois Smiles, and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Amanda Lewis, please contact us today. We can be reached at 217.877.1742 or by stopping by our office in Decatur, Illinois. Visit us today, and your smile with thank you.