By Patrick H Collins DDS, PC
Advancements in dental techniques and the increased focus on preventive
dentistry means older adults are keeping their natural teeth longer than
A survey by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
showed that the rate of toothlessness in the 55 to 64 age group has
dropped 60 percent since 1960.
Whatever your age, its important to practice good oral hygiene at home
and to visit your dentist regularly. A few simple steps can help you
maintain good oral health throughout your life.
Plaque, the sticky, colorless layer of bacteria that causes tooth decay
and gum disease, can build up quickly on the teeth of older adults,
particularly when they neglect oral hygiene. This can increase the risk
for tooth decay and periodontal disease.
So its important to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride
toothpaste, and clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental
Regular dental checkups are also an important part of caring for your teeth.
This can help you save your teeth and gums and prevent other dental
problems. It will save you time and money in the long-run as well.
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Patrick H Collins DDS, PC
At Patrick H Collins DDS, PC dentist office in Blue Springs MO, your smile is our top priority. Dr. Patrick Collins & entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that …
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