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Optimum oral health habits are paramount for all ages but are especially true for the elderly. A lifetime of exposure to the risks and dangers of the world on your teeth may have left your teeth in a weakened state, or more susceptible to future damage and decay. However, as long as you continue to protect your teeth and gums, they can continue to function properly for the rest of your life.

As with all oral health habits, proper prevention is key to success. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once per day are two tools you should always use to protect your tooth enamel from damage. As long as your tooth enamel remains strong, your teeth will have the opportunity to flourish.

However, accidents do happen. If you have suffered an oral accident or injury and have lost any teeth, they should be replaced as soon as possible. If a tooth is replaced with dentures, take care of your dentures so cross contamination can’t occur and potentially damage more teeth and/or your gums. In addition, avoid all bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, using heavy drugs, or eating sugary foods.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC for an oral exam, please call our dentist office at 845-454-0790. We are located in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Dr. Mark L. Pitel and all of our wonderful team look forward to doing our best to ensure your oral health remains terrific.