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Canadians are getting older but that shouldn't stop us from smiling

(NC) The population of Canada is aging but modern oral care makes that something to smile about.

The group of people age 60 to 64 has grown the fastest, by almost 30 per cent and Statistics Canada confirms that population aging will accelerate in in the coming years, as the large baby boom generation reaches 65.

There's lots of good news in those numbers. Canadians are living longer and healthier. New products and knowledge also mean that we can keep a healthy, bright smile at any age. It is never too late to learn the basics of oral health care.

For example, tooth decay can occur as long as you have your natural teeth. It's caused by bacteria in the mouth that cling to teeth and form a sticky, colorless film called dental plaque. That bacteria causes decay on tooth surfaces.

Then there is gum or periodontal disease, which is a common cause of tooth loss after age 35. Gum diseases are also caused by dental plaque. It gets worse when left untreated, causing receding gums and loss of supporting bone. Lose enough bone and your teeth fall out.

Fortunately, you can prevent gum disease by removing plaque thoroughly, and Philips Sonicare offers easy-to-use tools that clean teeth quicker and better than a manual toothbrush.

Perfect for people that do not floss, the Sonicare AirFloss helps improve gum health in as little as two weeks. Using its unique MicroBurst technology, Sonicare AirFloss uses pressurized air and water to clean the entire mouth in just 30 seconds, removing five times more plaque from between teeth than a manual toothbrush.

To get a superior personalized cleaning when brushing, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum power toothbrush has 9 customizable settings that removes up to seven times more plaque in hard-to-reach areas and reduces gingivitis up to 2x better than a manual toothbrush. It also features a pressure sensor that will alert you if you are brushing too hard for extra care of the health of your teeth and gums.

Aging is inevitable but fortunately we live in a time when healthy aging means we don't have to give up our smile.

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