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Jeanne Calment, a supercentenarian who holds the record for the longest confirmed lifespan, should know more than anyone the secret to longevity. Even at 122 years old, friends and relatives said she was always smiling. Keeping your smile well into your golden years means more than just having a sense of humor. It also means maintaining your teeth through proper oral hygiene and the help of your orthodontist.
Eat a Teeth-Healthy Diet
Tooth enamel is one of the strongest parts of your body, yet even it is susceptible to decay when you eat a diet filled with sugar and acids. At King Orthodontics, patients are encouraged to think about the food they eat as being important for their overall oral health. Apples, carrots and celery can all help to brush away plaque between your regular toothbrushing times, and calcium-rich foods help to keep your teeth strong.
Care for Your Braces
At every visit to your orthodontist, you will have an exam to make sure your treatment plan is working as expected. You can do your part to keep your smile healthy by following your self-care instructions. For example, remember to remove your Invisalign braces before eating, and always brush them as part of your normal cleaning routine.
Take Corrective Action
Ignoring minor problems with your teeth will only result in disaster. Be proactive with your oral health care by bringing potential problems to the attention of your orthodontist. For example, tooth grinding in your sleep can be corrected with a night guard before damage occurs. Additionally, Invisalign can help to straighten your teeth so that it is easier to floss those hard to reach areas.
One does not get to the age of 122 by ignoring their health, and your teeth are one of your biggest assets for living a long life. Take action today by scheduling an appointment King Orthodontics so that you can get started making sure your smile lasts a lifetime.
Samuel B. King, D.D.S., M.S. – King Orthodontics – Specialist in Orthodontics for kids, teens and adults in Centerville and Fairborn.