It is a myth that it is normal for us to lose our teeth as we age and that most older adults need dentures.

You can maintain a healthy smile and your natural teeth for life by caring for your teeth and gums as you get older.

It’s especially important to take care of your teeth and gums if you have a health condition like diabetes or heart disease, or if you’re taking medicines that can cause oral health problems. Follow the steps below for good dental health:

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Brush after breakfast and before bed.
  • Floss between your teeth every day. If you have trouble flossing, ask your dentist about using a special brush or pick instead.
  • See the dentist regularly. Dental visits can prevent unnecessary pain and costly treatment.

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