Age brings increased likelihood of tooth decay, gum disease, and
oral cancer. While there's not much you can do to stem the
natural attrition of the tooth surface, the pillars of cavity
prevention — brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at the
dentist's office — remain the same at any age and can keep the
mouth healthy longer.
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