Ages 20–40: Your Healthy Smile Timeline
Does dental care really change as we get older? While the generation continues to widen, there’s one thing we all have in common: our teeth. Regardless of age, we all have 32 teeth that require ongoing dental care.
Continue reading to learn how your oral health can change as you age.
Dental Care for a 20 Year Old
As a young adult, it’s more important ever to take care of your teeth. This means eating a low-fat, low-sugar diet, avoiding sugary drinks and alcohol and seeing your dentist every six months for routine cleaning.
In addition, be sure to brush twice a day and use floss after eating. Lastly, keep an eye out for any ulcers or sore that develop and do not resolve on their own. You also need to include a new toothbrush every two to three months to ensure proper cleaning.
Dental Care for a 40 Year Old
Patients over the age of 40 may notice that their teeth aren’t the same as they used to be. Dental care for someone in their early 40’s is different than dental care for someone who is 20. In addition to following a healthy diet, consuming minimal amounts of alcohol and practicing good oral hygiene, here are three things to keep in mind:
Similar to when you were younger, you need to focus on quantity and quality. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes. If you’re able to brush after every meal, it’s even better. It’s also recommended that you use an ADA-recommended toothpaste that contains fluoride.
In addition, be sure to use swap out your old toothbrush often. Toothbrushes with broken or frayed bristles will not clean your teeth as effectively as they should, possibly leaving food particles stuck between your teeth.
It’s important to remember that no matter how old you are, a healthy mouth always starts with you. And it can keep going by seeking out our family practice to help make sure that you and your family have big and bright smiles for years to come!
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