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Many elderly people think that losing their teeth is inevitable, but that is not true. If you take good care of your teeth, you can have a beautiful, functional, and natural smile for a lifetime. So, in order to properly take care of your smile, we strongly recommend doing the following things:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Oral hygiene is extremely important, so please do your best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss your smile once a day. You can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush so you can clean your smile and take care of your gums.
· Use fluoride: Fluoride is a beneficial mineral that will strengthen and nourish your smile every chance it gets. We need fluoride each and every day so we can prevent tooth decay and other dental issues. However, many of us don’t receive the amount of fluoride we truly need. So, make sure you take advantage of our fluoride treatment when you come into our office as well as use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash every day at home.
· 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 routine cleaning and exam. These appointments will help you professionally clean your smile and will also prevent and treat major dental issues.

These four things will help you feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout your life. Taking care of your smile can do wonderful things for your oral health as well as your appearance. If you have any questions or if you would like additional help, please feel free to call Red Bird Family Dental today at 713-631-3700 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Joon Kim. We look forward to helping you!