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Your senior smile is important to Dr. Michael J. Conway and our dental team. This is why we encourage you to take good care of your teeth and gums. If you do so, you can maintain a healthy, beautiful, and natural smile throughout your life. That’s right—even as a senior! To help you care for your smile, we have some helpful tips and information for you.

First, do your best to care for and clean your teeth and gums. You can do so by keeping up on oral hygiene, which should consist of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your teeth once a day, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash daily. You also need to visit Dr. Michael J. Conway twice a year for a six-month checkup. These things can help you avoid dental issues that are common culprits of tooth loss.

Second, it’s best to have a balanced and healthy diet. Unfortunately, there are certain foods that can harm your smile. Those foods are sugar products and acidic foods. It’s important to limit these things as well as avoid snacking throughout the day. It’s also best to eat more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products (like cheese and yogurt).

Third, it’s best to stop smoking (if you smoke, of course). Smoking can do more than just increase your risk of having certain types of cancer. It can also promote tooth decay and gum disease, which can ultimately result in loose and lost teeth. The best thing you can do for your smile as well as your entire health is quit smoking.

Doing these things can help you have the smile you deserve. For more information and details about how to maintain a healthy smile as a senior in Kenmore, Washington, please call Kenmore Dental at 425-485-0588. Our dental team is here to assist you in any way we can, and we look forward to helping you and your smile!