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Teeth can be very strong and reliable, but they can also be fragile and weak if we let them be. As we age, the health of our teeth alters because we do not take proper care of them, which is why most elderly people have replaced their teeth with dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. If you want to be one who keeps their natural teeth for a lifetime, there are some things you can do, including:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: It’s important that you brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your smile at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. These techniques will properly clean your smile each day and they will wash away the particles that threaten to destroy your smile.
· Use fluoride: If you get the right amount of fluoride you need each day, you will be on the right track. In order to get your fix, use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash and drink as much tap water as you can. We also recommend taking advantage of our professional fluoride treatment when you come into our office.
· Quit smoking: Smoking can put you at a great risk of developing lung and oral cancer, but it can also put you at a great risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. So, the best thing you can do for your smile and for your overall health is to kick the smoking habit.
· Visit your dentist: It is vital that you visit your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. If you keep up with these appointments, your smile will be professionally cleaned on a regular basis and your teeth will remain in tip-top shape.

These four tips are vital to your oral health and we strongly recommend that you do them so you can maintain a strong and healthy smile. Dr. Mauricio Martinez and our team at Gulf Coast Smiles care for you and your oral health, and we want to do everything we can to help you. So, if you want to learn more or if you would like additional help, please call 239.549.0001 today and talk to our caring dental team!