Keep Your Teeth Healthy As You Age!

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Fortunately, my family won the genetic lottery when it comes to teeth. My parents both have perfect smiles and good health.

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And some say I have a trillion dollar smile.  But what happens to our smiles as we age?

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Does everyone’s teeth eventually fall out?

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Most people assume losing teeth are a natural part of aging. Not so. Adult teeth don’t fall out from natural causes.  Repeat.

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Five things cause teeth to fall out:  1. Trauma 2. Severe illness (diabetes, cancer, osteomyelitis or autoimmune diseases)

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3. Gum disease 4. Lifestyle, what you eat and drink along with your oral hygiene and 5. Drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine (also called speed, ice or meth), cocaine, crack cause severe tooth decay and teeth falling out in a very short amount of time.

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Things that are harmful for your teeth acidic foods and drinks like soda, some mouth fresheners, some tooth whiteners and…

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