The Secret to Healthy Teeth in Your 20's, 30's, 40's and beyond

May 6, 2015 3:25:00 PM Amy Covington Healthy Teeth

The Secret to Healthy Teeth, Starting in Your 20s

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Having a healthy smile can shave 10 years off your appearance. Find out what you can do to keep your smile sparkling and healthy now and in the future.

 


 

Healthy Teeth in Your 20s

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Taking care of your teeth in your 20s can help prevent serious health problems later on. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, strokes and diabetes, so a little care and prevention now could help keep you healthy for years to come.

But believe it or not, several studies reveal that young adults between the ages of 18-24 are more likely to have tooth decay than children aged 12 and under. Surprisingly, the good habits we learn as kids don’t always continue into adulthood. Moving away from home, college, first-time jobs can all lead to fewer checkups, less frequent brushing and eating foods that aren’t kind to enamel.

If you’ve slipped a little in your dental hygiene, you can get back on track with these tips:
  • Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste such as Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Fluoride Toothpaste can help prevent tooth decay while maintaining your white smile. Drinking fluorinated water is another way to get a daily dose of fluoride.
  • Floss every day to remove food participles and plaque from between teeth.
  • Get regular dental checkups.

 


Healthy Teeth in Your 30s

Life is probably busier with careers, weddings, possibly children. The good news is that your 30s aren’t when most people experience dental issues. This is the decade when your good oral hygiene habits and dental work you had done in your teens and 20s pay off.  There are a couple of specific issues you may experience in your 30s. If you have sensitivity when you eat hot or cold foods, the middle layer of your tooth, called dentin, may have become exposed. This is a common occurrence for people in their late 20s and early 30s, which happens from brushing too hard. Try switching to a soft bristled toothbrush. If that doesn’t work, see your dentist.

Handle hormonal changes
Pregnant_30-something_white_teethIf you’re planning to have children, it’s a good idea to see your dentist for a checkup, as gums can become swollen and puffy during the first trimester of pregnancy due to hormone changes. Your dentist can remove plaque build up to help reduce irritation in your gums. If you suffer from morning sickness, make sure to brush after each episode so that the acid in your mouth doesn’t damage your tooth enamel. This advice applies if you are in your 20s as well.

Prevent stains
This goes for any age but stains from years of drinking dark beverages really start to show in your 30s. We know it’s hard but try to cut back on soda, coffee and other drinks that can damage and stain your teeth. If you do continue drinking coffee, drink it quickly. The longer you savor your dark colored beverage, the more it will darken your teeth.

For a quick fix, try a teeth-whitening system like Pro Light Dental Whitening System. You can see whiter teeth in as little as 30 minutes. Going forward, brush twice a day with a fluoride, whitening toothpaste and a whitening rinse with peroxide. It will flush away food debris, freshen your breath and leave your teeth looking nice and white. As always, get regular dental checkups and floss every single day.


Healthy Teeth in Your 40s

When you hit your 40s, you may need some dental repairs, as the work you had done years ago starts to break down. Here’s how you can get ahead of it:

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Check old fillings
If you had fillings 15-20 years ago, you’re probably going to need to have them redone. Your dentist can check the condition of your fillings to see if there are any cracks or deterioration. If you have a filling in need of repair and leave it untreated, food particles can build up inside of it, causing decay or worse.

Prevent grinding
While anyone can clench and grind their teeth, it happens significantly more as we get older due to stress. Grinding while you sleep wear down your tooth enamel and can damage dental work. If your jaw hurts when you wake up, you may be developing this destructive habit. Try avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed, which can trigger this condition, find stress reducing activities and see your dentist for a mouth guard.


Whiten your smile
As you get older, the outer layer of enamel can wear away, revealing the not-so-white dentin underneath. If you’ve drunk coffee, tea or red wine over the years, the discoloration can be substantial. Hopefully you’ve been using a daily whitening toothpaste with fluoride but even if you haven’t, there is hope. Start with a home whitening system, which can dramatically improve discoloration and continue to use it until you achieve the results you want. Also, continue using a whitening toothpaste with fluoride at least twice a day. 

 

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