When you’re young, you want to be older. When you’re older, you long for your younger years. Whatever age you are, it is always important to maintain preventive care for healthy teeth and gums. Brush twice daily, floss once daily, and visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam. This is a simple prescription that can save you a bundle of grief, pain, money, and unattractive teeth as you age. No matter what age you are now, preventive care is the routine to follow religiously. Here are some tips for the other decades of your life to help your smile age beautifully.
For the 20-Something
The majority of people in their 20s are in that stage of life when they’re figuring out their career, relationship, or preferred hobbies or social activities. You’ve left college and are on your own for real for the first time, and now you have to pay your own bills too. And that stuff adds up quickly. One of the things that is easily pushed to the bottom of the to-do list is taking care of your oral health. You may not be able to afford dental insurance, but if you keep up with your twice-yearly preventive care visits, you are unlikely to need more than this basic treatment for a long time to come. Don’t give up on your oral health! Curb the bad habits, and floss every day!
For the 30-Something
By the time you’re in your 30s, you may be married and even have children (which puts you at risk for pregnancy gingivitis). And thus enters the next complication. Perhaps you took awesome care of your smile prepping for a wedding, but now that kids have entered the picture, self-care has disappeared. Book that babysitter and keep your bi-annual appointment with your holistic dentist! Take the time to take care of yourself. That might include a professional teeth whitening treatment to brighten up your entire smile, or finally investing in the orthodontic treatment that will give you the straight smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign makes it easy for professionals, parents, or anyone to fit braces into their lifestyle without anyone being the wiser.
For the 40-Something
By the time you hit your 40s, age is stepping on you with a bit more force. This is the time when fine lines and wrinkles really begin making their permanent mark, and you may already be experiencing some aging in your teeth, especially if you haven’t been diligent about caring for them. Along with aging comes the unpleasant side effect of your tooth enamel thinning, showing stains more easily. Ready to pump up the volume? Reinvigorate yourself? A cosmetic dentistry procedure like porcelain veneers eliminates tooth stains, cracks, chips, gaps, misalignment, and can even plump your lips a bit as a delightful bonus.
For the 50-Something
This is it, middle age. If you had cavities as a young adult, now is the time when they might be breaking, especially if you received amalgam fillings. Not only is this type of filling likely leeching into your gum and making your tooth and surrounding area look grey, it is made with toxic mercury, which can be harmful to your overall health and well-being. If your teeth are breaking down, you need restorative dentistry to get you back in working order. That can include ceramic zirconia crowns to repair broken teeth and, of course, composite tooth-colored fillings to replace the unhealthy silver fillings. Your smile will not only be healthier, it will look better too.
For the 60+-Something
Once you hit 60, you may find that it’s nearly impossible to get your teeth to stay white. Other side effects of aging include chips and cracks in your teeth. Restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry that was done decades ago may break apart and need to be replaced. You may be at greater risk for developing cavities because of medications you are taking or illnesses you have developed, like diabetes. And, in this demographic, you are a higher risk for developing gum disease. The complications may be many in your 60s, but your smile is not doomed. Anti-aging dentistry is a reality, and you can have a solid foundation once again for your teeth, and a gorgeous new grin that makes you look younger than your years.
No matter what age you are, oral health is important. Make an appointment today with Dr. Yolanda Cintron at the International Center for Dental Excellence to discuss your unique needs and to receive advice and treatment plans tailored to you and the maintenance of your gorgeous smile.