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Taking care of your teeth over the age of 40.

September 28, 2019

Reaching the age of 40 and beyond makes you think about your health differently. Our bodies take longer to recover from wear and tear and our level of health care may increase.  One’s dental concerns are no exception to this rule.  Just as our bodies age, so do our teeth.  Part of maintaining a healthy body is to take care of your teeth.  By paying attention to a number of preventative measures with your dental health, you can keep your smile looking great for a lifetime. 

 

 

Here are a few tips on maintaining your teeth beyond the age of 40.  See your dentist quickly if you notice sensitivity in your teeth.  It could mean you have a crack in a tooth or an old filling needs to be replaced. Fillings last around 15 to 20 years so it is important that you pay attention to changes in your bite or teeth that become irritable.  The solution may be a crown or just a replacement of your filling.  Ignoring the situation may result in pain and a very expensive root canal.

 

Be in the habit of brushing your teeth a minimum of twice daily.  This is essential to removing the bacteria that builds up on teeth that cause tooth decay and gum disease.  Especially with ageing teeth, decay cultivates around fillings or in areas of gum recession.  Your friends will appreciate your fresh breath too.

 

It may seem like a broken record, but flossing every day is essential for helping not only your aging teeth but also your gums.  Only flossing can remove the plaque between your teeth.  Brushing alone is not enough.  If plaque between your teeth remains untouched, it can lead to gum disease and that is the number one reason of tooth loss in those over 40.  My favorite saying is, “Only floss the teeth you want to keep”. 

 

In addition, the condition of your oral health can lead to other health issues.  There is a strong correlation of periodontal disease with heart disease and diabetes.  The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research appropriately define periodontal (gum) disease as "an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss.”  You can read more about it here:  https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/gum-disease  Safeguard both your dental and overall health; don’t neglect to floss your teeth at least once a day.

 

Stay away from acidic drinks and sugar loaded snacks.  Steer towards eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts.  They contain nutrients that fight inflammation and bacteria, which help protect aging teeth and gums.  Here is a list of healthy foods you can eat every day.

  • Calcium fortified juices, milk, and yogurt provide nourishment for strong teeth and bones.

  • Fruits like apples, carrots, celery and other raw vegetables and fresh fruits are loaded with vitamins and by chewing them you will reduce plaque from your teeth.

  • Cheese sticks help prevent decay by protecting your teeth from acids in your mouth and it even helps rebuild tooth enamel.

It is important to note that brushing and flossing your teeth is the best way to protect your smile. Visit your dentist regularly (at least twice a year and when you notice a change in your teeth).  Taking care of your dental hygiene at home is vital to preserving your smile and your overall health, but it’s just as necessary to get regular professional dental care as you age. Be proactive by paying attention to your aging teeth and catch problems early.

 

Get the quality dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Mankato, North Mankato, and the Southern Minnesota area, by contacting us today (507-345-5464 or greg@gregmillerdds.com).  We offer affordable family dentistry and gentile, compassionate dental care at Greg Miller DDS Dental Care.

 

Our Practice is dedicated to providing the very finest dental health advice and care through a collaborative, health-centered relationship. We are here to listen to you, your dental concerns, and your needs. Our promise to you is that we will take the time together to reach your goal of obtaining a naturally beautiful smile and maintaining a preferred dental health future.

 

We provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction as well as TMJ treatment. We accept Delta Dental insurance and will submit the insurance claim for you. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships.

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