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Focusing on your oral health includes being aware of any issues that could have negative impact on your teeth, gums and mouth. There are habits and substances that can create health risks. Rather than continuously putting your smile at risk for further damage, take the necessary steps to protect your teeth and gums, which include making wise choices about your lifestyle and diet.

If you continue to engage in bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, your smile will be at an increased risk of failure. Also, you should avoid recreational drug use, and talk to your doctor and dentist about any medications that could impact your smile. If you use unhealthy products and make poor life choices such as smoking or using drugs, you could further increase your risk for oral health failure, tooth loss and even cancer.

Another key factor that can affect your smile as you age is your diet. Even at a young age, you could be doing severe damage to your teeth and gums that may not fully manifest itself for decades to come, since your teeth may wear down at a very slow rate. To help protect your smile as you age, implement effective oral hygiene routines.

You can build up your smile by brushing and flossing every day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day. Try to include using such as mouthwash and sugarless chewing gum after meals.

Are you interested in improving your smile in Albuquerque, New Mexico? If so, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Roukema at our dental office by calling us at 505-836-0322. Sunridge Dental Care looks forward to enhancing your smile with tips and treatments to limit the effects of aging on your teeth and gums. We will ensure you get the smile you desire.