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How to Keep Teeth Strong for a Lifetime

CBSNews -- As our bodies age, so do our teeth. Years of chewing and crunching can take a toll.
CBSNews -- As our bodies age, so do our teeth after years of chewing and crunching take a toll.

Dr. Marc Leichtung checks old dental work, to make sure it's intact, and looks for new problems that might still be small.

“Patients can come and get their smaller fillings done routinely instead of being fearful and waiting until these things become catastrophic,” he says.

Leichtung says regular checkups are crucial and choosing a dentist who uses new technology can ease the fear of pain and keep the cost down..

Many doctors have tools to reduce the pain from shots, they also use lasers instead of knives and implants, not bridges, replace teeth.

"Today we can put an implant right in that space,” Leichtung says. “These two stay healthy. Lasts for a lifetime."

And what patients do away from the dental office is equally important.

Dr. Leichtung recommends using an electric toothbrush.

He advises patients avoid sugar and for those who grind their teeth while sleeping, wear a night guard.

Lobrow sees the dentist every six months. He also brushes and flosses every day and rinses after every meal.

"Once I’m done I feel like my mouth is super clean,” he says.

Lobrow also says having healthy teeth is a number one priority for him.

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two full minutes twice a day.

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