No matter what your age, some things never change. A bright smile is always an attention getter. We all know friends who have that great smile! A beautiful smile brings out the best in your overall appearance and boosts your self-esteem for living your very best life. Nothing quite says healthy and makes you feel confident like a beautiful smile. Dr. Robert Brei, DDS, consistently rated as a top dentist in Tucson, and Dr. Schneider, DMD, offers the latest, highest-quality procedures. They believe that everyone can have a healthy, beautiful smile, no matter what their age.

Get smart about your smile. Here are a few things you can do to keep your teeth and gums in great shape.

Wear and Tear

Something to think about! Our teeth get a real work out day and night. Whether it’s grinding, clenching, brushing too hard, staining or damage from foods and beverages, every day can be just plain tough on your teeth. There are solutions. To help maintain a glowing smile, start with brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and floss several times a day. And nothing beats a regular check-up.  Call Dr. Brei or Dr. Schneider today. They and their staff can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and bright.

Dry Mouth

Does your mouth feel dry or sticky? Did you know that your medications can decrease the flow of saliva causing dry mouth?  Without the right amount of saliva, acids in foods aren’t neutralized as quickly, and food particles aren’t washed away. This can cause a buildup of bacteria. Tobacco, caffeine and alcohol can also dry out your mouth. If left untreated, dry mouth can lead to bad breath and even cavities. There are some simple things you can do to reduce dry mouth. Drink more water frequently throughout the day and night, especially with meals; use a humidifier when the air in your house is dry; and squeeze a fresh lemon in your water. The lemon juice is a great way to stimulate your salivary glands to produce more saliva.  And there are mouth washes that can help relieve the cotton mouth feeling too.

Gum Disease

No one likes to hear the words gum disease, but this is one problem that a regular check-up can stay ahead of. Our mouths are full of bacteria. When bacteria builds up along and under the gum line, it can cause gum disease and some real problems. You can keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and making regular trips to see Dr. Brei or Dr. Schneider for a checkup and cleaning.

Oral Cancer

Caused most often by tobacco use and alcohol consumption, oral cancers can be prevented most effectively through a change in lifestyle. Statistics show that 90% of oral cancer patients use tobacco, and 75% frequently consume alcohol. Because oral cancers are many times overlooked in their early stages, it’s important to see Dr. Brei or Dr. Schneider regularly for a full examination and checkup.

There is also ample evidence that good oral health can improve your overall health. Studies have shown that poor oral care could possibly result in cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections and other illnesses.

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The best way to stay informed and stay healthy is through regular visits to the dentist. Dr. Brei and Dr. Schneider specialize in mature dental care and they can keep your teeth and gums in perfect condition. Make an appointment with Dr. Brei or Dr. Schneider and show the world a younger-looking, healthier smile.