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As you age, your risk for certain oral health problems increases. You likely want to do all you can to keep your teeth healthy and strong into your later adult years.

Dry mouth occurs when your glands do not produce enough saliva. Saliva is designed to be your first defence against cavities and tooth decay; a lack of saliva will increase the likelihood of these problems. Dry mouth can happen due to hormonal changes, use of tobacco or alcohol, or as a side effect of certain medications. If you experience dry mouth, talk to your dentist as soon as possible.

Years of chewing and grinding your food can naturally wear down your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth more susceptible to cracks, chips and cavities. Increase your fluoride intake to help combat this, and talk to your dentist about more ways you can protect your teeth.

Your best strategy for protecting your teeth is to pay special attention to your daily oral habits. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once every day. Pay attention to what you eat as well. Avoid foods with high amounts of sugar and acid. Instead, eat foods high in calcium and protein. If you smoke or chew tobacco, work on quitting as soon as possible.

It’s also vital to visit your dentist at least once every six months for a checkup.To schedule an appointment in Dodge City, Kansas, call First Dental at 620-225-5154. Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler and our team look forward to seeing you!