How to Keep Up With Dental Maintenance As You Grow Older
Posted on 3/22/2021 by Langtree Dental Associates
You may be very proud of your smile at 25 but in all likelihood, it will not look the same when you are 60. Let us take a look at how age changes the health and esthetics of your teeth and how you can keep your pearly whites.
Why Prevention is Crucial For Your Oral Health
Much of the damage to your teeth is irreversible. You can get a cavity treated with a filling or a dental crown but your destroyed enamel will never regenerate. In the same way, once your gums start retreating, you will need to get more invasive and expensive surgeries to cover up your exposed tooth root.
That's why, when it comes to your oral health, prevention is key to a lifetime of healthy teeth. If your teeth are not very healthy when you are young, they will only worsen as you grow older.
Dental Care In Your Youth
If you want to have great teeth when you are old, you need to start taking care of your teeth as early as possible. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene and not miss your six-monthly dental visits if you want a healthy and strong smile.
A good option to better take care of your teeth in your youth is by using fluoride treatments and having a balanced diet with essential minerals and vitamins for teeth health.
Dental Care In Your Middle Years
When you pass 40, your teeth may not be as pearly white and perfect as they were when you were a youth. That's very natural but that doesn't mean they can't be healthy. It is important to keep visiting the dentist after six months even as adults.
At this stage, you should keep up with your regular brushing and flossing routine.
Over 50% of adults have gum disease after the age of 30. If that's the case with you, make sure you get periodontal maintenance every two to four months.
Dental Care As Seniors
Once you age, your body slowly starts to lose its ability to fight off infection and repair damage. If you experience gum inflammation and bleeding, tooth sensitivity, and sores that won't heal, it is imperative that you get an appointment with Dr. Shannon Snipe and Dr. Joshua Miller at Parkway Dentistry at Langtree.
Also maintain your oral hygiene and make sure you follow our instructions if you have dental implants or dentures.
Routine dental visits are an excellent way to detect early signs of oral issues and nip them in the bud. That's why it is important not to miss them, no matter what age you are. If you want pearly white teeth that will last you a lifetime, call us at (704) 662-0021 to schedule a dental appointment with us.