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Many patients have been misinformed that their teeth will age as they do, but our smiles can actually remain impervious to the years if they receive proper care. With effective dental care, you can keep your teeth strong and healthy for many years, even as long as a lifetime.
You may not realize it, but your smile can be improved if you eat a healthy diet that is friendly to your teeth. Your dental health depends on a balance between good and bad bacteria, but this can be thrown off by eating unhealthy food often. If you have more bad bacteria than good, you could be at risk of a buildup of plaque that increases your risk of dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.
If you have any poor dental habits, such as tooth grinding, your smile could be at risk of becoming worn down and losing its tooth enamel, which is a protective layer on your teeth that is needed to prevent gum disease. If you are suffering from gum disease, you could also be at a risk of many other health concerns.
Certain prescription medications can include oral problems as side effects, and it’s important to report any resulting oral health problems to our dentist. Along with your doctor, our dentist can keep your smile and your general health in good shape by adjusting your prescription medication to be better suited to your smile.
To learn more about the importance of a healthy diet and proper dental habits such as oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, we invite you to see Dr. Natalya Ramsay, our dentist in McMinnville, Oregon, by contacting Evans Street Dental Center at 503-472-1402 today.