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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!