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Did you know that your tooth enamel—which is the outer layer of your teeth—is actually the hardest substance in your body? However, teeth tend to grow weaker as you age. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do now to keep your teeth strong your whole life.

One important thing you should avoid doing is using your teeth incorrectly. For example, some people chew their nails when they’re nervous. Doing so can crack your teeth. This problem can grow worse with time, leaving your teeth frailer and more prone to cracking again. Chewing on metal, pens, and ice can all lead to the same problem. If you experience these problems, please schedule our dentist as soon as possible. You should also brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and your gums healthy and strong.

As you age, you may need to start taking various medications—which could cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to a number of problems, such as making your teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. If you’re coping with these issues, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist. We also recommend telling our team about any medications you take when you visit us.

If you’re interested in learning more about how aging affects your teeth, please don’t hesitate to give Gary H. Morikawa, DDS Inc a call at 808-949-8866. We’ll be happy to examine your smile and address any concerns you may have. Dr. Gary H Morikawa and the rest of our team look forward to hearing from you soon!