Dental Health in your 40s: What to Expect

Keeping a nice smile is attainable in your 40s, but it helps if you continue to floss and brush those teeth and stay in touch with your dentist via regular checkups. She’ll be looking for bone loss, gum disease and stained teeth, which can be common issues in your fourth decade. Bring a list of the medications you take. Many medications can cause dry mouth, which in turn can make you more susceptible to cavities and ongoing decay. 

Great flossing technique

If you avoid flossing daily, now’s the time to start taking it seriously. Mainly because flossing can get the tidbits of food and plaque out of the nooks and crannies that are too tough for your toothbrush to properly reach. Flossing the right way means you can remove plaque before it hardens, also called calcification. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque, and it effects your gums negatively and can lead to long term problems that will only grow if you don’t take the time to floss. 

Staining culprits

The outer layer of your teeth, called enamel, is porous. That means popular drinks such as soda, coffee and wine can cause staining more easily depending on how often they have contact with your mouth and teeth. Smoking is another source of stains, too and longtime users will see yellowing and stains. With all those years of wear and tear, professional whitening may be needed to lighten and brighten what you see in the mirror (and how you present yourself to the world).

Dental sensitivity

Although soup is soothing and a cup of ice water is refreshing on a too-hot day, these liquids can be a source of pain with age. If your teeth feel sensitive, it may be from decay, which is something your dentist can investigate and help remedy. Often, it can also mean a toothpaste switch up is needed—trying a brand specifically for sensitive teeth is a worthwhile and easy step.

Dr. Amores can help you come up with a plan to keep your smile at its best no matter what your age is.


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