Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, everyone wants a strong, healthy smile. But, it’s crucial to understand that how you care for your teeth change over time. What’s the best way to take care of your teeth given your age?
In Your 20s
Most twenty-somethings are introduced to a common oral health foe: alcohol. Alcohol is particularly bad for your teeth because:
- It has sugar content which can lead to tooth decay.
- Alcohol consumption causes a decrease in saliva flow, which again can lead to cavities.
- Red wine, sangria and similar drinks with deep hues can result in long-lasting discolouration and overall dullness.
Another dental challenge specific to this age group is money. When it comes to spending, most people in their 20s don’t think about spending their money on preventative dental care. We’d like to stress that regular dental visits are correlated with better teeth and gum health. Without professional oral care, you take on a greater risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay.
In Your 30s
As you age, you should be aware of gum recession. People tend to brush too vigorously, so we recommend everyone use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Gum recession is irreversible and the only way to repair it is through surgery, therefore please be mindful to be gentle when you brush your teeth.
The other thing you should be aware of in your 30s is teeth grinding. A lot of people don’t notice that they tend to grind their teeth at night, but in your 30s and 40s, you’ll start to see small chips on your teeth because of this. Your dentist will recommend you wear a night guard when you sleep so you don’t continue damaging your teeth. As for the small chips, your dentist can easily fix that for you by either smoothing or bonding them.
In Your 40s
As you get into your 40s, some people find that their teeth become more sensitive. Sensitive teeth normally result from worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. It can also be caused by a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling or gum disease. Your dentist may suggest these treatment options:
- Desensitizing toothpaste. After several applications, desensitizing toothpaste can block pain associated with sensitive teeth.
- Fluoride. Fluoride treatments at the dental office strengthen tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. Your dentist may recommend a root canal if your sensitive teeth cause intense pain and other treatments aren't effective. It's considered the most successful treatment for eliminating tooth sensitivity.
A simple golden rule for all ages is to continue practicing daily oral hygiene and properly invest in preventative care. Dental issues culminate over time, so it’s crucial to protect your teeth no matter what age you are. If you have questions about your teeth or you’re looking for ways to protect them, book an appointment with Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre today. You can find us in the strip mall at the northwest corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue.