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You no doubt know that it’s important to care for your smile reduce your risk of dental health problems such as bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. However, did you know that showing your smile proper care over time can keep your teeth in full health as you age?

Many patients expect their teeth to weaken as they age, but this is not the natural progression for smiles. In fact, due to their incredible strength, teeth can remain in good shape over the years as long as receive proper dental care.

We encourage you to maintain a healthy diet as an important step in preserving your teeth. Your mouth is full of both good and bad bacteria, with the bad bacteria leading to the buildup of plaque and subsequent dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. If you frequently eat unhealthy foods, you can cause more bad bacteria to grow and form a a harmful environment that promotes plaque growth.

Conversely, if you have a habit of grinding your teeth, they could wear down over the years and cause damage to the tooth enamel, which is the protective layer that coats the whole of your teeth, and can increase your risk of gum disease. When gum disease develops, it can further weaken your teeth and increase their vulnerability.

We encourage you to speak with the dentist about any prescription medications that have the potential to cause oral health problems and other serious complications. Our dentist can work with your doctor to determine how best to care for your smile and general health without compromising your medication.

If you maintain a good diet and oral hygiene, as well as visit the dentist often, you can maintain your natural smile for a lifetime. If you would like to learn more about geriatric dentistry in Beverly Hills, California, please contact Philippe Athuil, DDS at 310-286-2241 for a conversation with Dr. Philippe Athuil.