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Effective oral health care is essential to ensure your smile can last a lifetime. Although our teeth are extremely strong and come with the added benefit of a layer of tooth enamel to protect them, it is important to take effective preventive measures to ensure your teeth can last as long as you do. This includes cleaning them, avoiding unnecessary risks, and eating right.

As you age, it is important to clean your teeth daily with effective tools that will not further damage your smile. This includes using brushes with soft bristles and avoiding the use of abrasive toothpaste after meals when your teeth are extra sensitive. If traditional brushing and flossing tasks are too difficult, look for easier tools to use including water flossers and electric toothbrushes. If you have dentures, be sure to remove and clean them daily.

Any bad habits in your life will continue to affect you more and more as you age. This includes smoking, chewing tobacco, using heavy drugs, or drinking heavy alcohol. All of these unhealthy habits can have severe consequences on your smile and your overall health, including gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Protect your smile by avoiding negative habits in your life.

It is important to eat properly every day. This includes eating healthy and nutritious meals that are high in enamel-building minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Foods that are high in calcium and phosphorus include cheeses, milk, meats such as chicken, and nuts. Furthermore, avoid snacking on foods that can easily chip and crack your teeth, such as popcorn kernels. Also, avoid sugary sweets they can easily promote dental erosion and tooth decay.

To learn more about which service you would prefer for treating your teeth and gums, contact Novan Dental at 916-422-3991. Come visit Dr. Novan Nguyen and our team at our dentist office in Sacramento, California by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to making your smile shine!