Tips For Maintaining Your Teeth After 45 By Stan Heifetz DMD

Yes, you can keep your teeth for a lifetime, but things start to get tricky around the age of 45. Here are some facts and tips on what can be done to keep them in good shape.

Hygiene

Around 45, your teeth become more susceptible to cavities and gum issues, so brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride at least twice a day. Floss at least once a day and rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash such as Peridex or Listerine.  Research has shown that water flossing is also very effective at removing food particles from between your teeth. I recommend you pick up a water flossing unit from Waterpik

Gums

75% of adults over 45 have some gum recession. It is a normal biological phenomenon, like gray hair! Any recession above 2 millimeters is worrisome because it exposes your root surfaces, which are vulnerable to cavities and temperature sensitivity. We have various solutions to treat the above. Consult your dentist.

Diet

Limit your sugar intake, drink more water, and avoid sodas, acidic beverages, and sugary snacks. Sugars feed the bacteria that cause damage to your teeth and gums. Instead, choose healthier snacks, such as walnuts, apples, yogurt, and carrots. Make sure you have a balanced diet that includes calcium, an important mineral that strengthens your teeth and bones.

Treatment

Over 80% of adults over 45, notice their teeth shifting, getting more crooked, and becoming more discolored. Teeth can age your entire face. Fortunately, today we can straighten teeth with Invisalign, lighten teeth with whiteners, and give you a wonderful smile with veneers. In some cases, it could make you look 15 years younger and give you more confidence and self-esteem. Some patients even claim that it has changed their life! If this applies to you, your dentist can help!

Maintenance

Visit your dentist at least twice a year. It is an impossible task to clean every surface of every tooth every day because we are likely to miss some areas. We need help! I feel two professional cleanings are not enough and three to four is preferable. Less time in between appointments can help us detect problems early. That sounds like a win-win to me!

Investing the time to meticulously care for your teeth can help preserve them for a lifetime. It should only take about three minutes!

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Meet the Author

Michael Clinton is a best-selling author, new longevity expert, thought leader, and keynote speaker on the changing face of what it means to live longer. He is also a writer-at-large for Esquire, and regular columnist for Men’s Health. A former president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, he now serves as the special media advisor to the Hearst Corporation’s CEO.

He is also a photographer, has traveled through 124 countries, has run marathons on 7 continents, has started a nonprofit foundation, is a private pilot, is a part owner of a vineyard in Argentina, holds two master’s degrees, and still has a long list of life experiences that he plans to tackle.