“Lordy, lordy, look who’s forty!” The big 4-0—is a landmark for sure. Your 40s indicate a time of evolution from young adulthood to the middle-ages. This is a significant time for checking up on health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancer. So, if you’ve been practicing healthy habits, keep it up in your 40s. If you haven’t, now’s the time to start! Healthy habits like eating well, exercising regularly, getting sufficient sleep, and not smoking or excessively drinking alcohol can help to decrease your threat for a number of long-lasting medical conditions. While we try to keep up with most of these things, we often ignore one of the most important.  Maintaining dental health is important during nearly every stage of life!

 

Special Care and Concerns

 

Dental Health common concerns during Your 40’s:

 

Darkened Teeth

This happens, for the most part, due to variations in dentin — the bone-looking tissue that forms the tooth enamel. A lifetime of intense stain-causing foods and beverages is the other most common reason for darkening teeth.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is produced by condensed saliva flow, which can be an outcome of cancer treatments like radiation. Additionally, prescription medicines can cause dry mouth.

Diminished Sense of Taste

Progressing age damages the sense of taste. Many medicines can also contribute to this sensory disorder.

Root Decay

This is produced by decay-causing acids coming into contact with the tooth root.  As gum tissue withdraws from the tooth, the tooth roots lose their protective coverings.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is most commonly instigated by plaque. Gum disease is provoked by food left in teeth, tobacco use, ill-fitting bridges and dentures, poor diets, and certain ailments such as anemia, cancer, and diabetes.

Tooth Loss

Gum disease is a prominent cause of tooth loss.

Uneven Jawbone

Occurs as  a result of lost teeth that are not replaced or repaired with a crown or bridge. This allows the rest of the teeth to wiggle around and slide into open spaces.

Denture-Induced Stomatitis

Poor-fitting dentures, poor dental hygiene, or a collection of the fungus Candida albicans cause this disorder, which is inflammation of the tissue underneath a denture.

Thrush

Diseases or drugs that disturb the immune system can generate the overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans in the mouth.

 

Dental Health common concerns during Your 40’s

 

Special Considerations

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to eliminate dental plaque – the gummy film on your teeth that’s the chief reason of tooth decay and irritation of the gums, called gingivitis
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and beneath your gum line, to prevent it from hardening into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a dental hygienist during a specialized cleaning.
  • Limit the intake of sugary or starchy foods, particularly sticky snacks. The more frequently you snack among meals, the more opportunities you give bacteria to generate the acids that attack your tooth enamel.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional scrubbings and examinations.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Protect your teeth from injury.
  • Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food.

Call A Beautiful Smile at Lakepoint if you have any other dental health concerns or need to schedule a visit!