Dental Advice for Every Age
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Dental Advice for Every Age

Read these tips from our office and a Real Simple article titled “Your Dental Health, Examined,” by Dimity McDowell Davis

 20-30’s

Take Care of Your Smile

Are you brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing at least once daily?

Things to Watch For

Sensitivity – As gums recede, the roots of your teeth can become exposed and this can increase sensitivity.  Proper brushing techniques are one of the keys to preventing gums from receding and roots from being exposed.  Use a soft bristled brush and don’t press too hard.  Brush in small circular motions, not back and forth.  We recommend you choose both toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain fluoride, just be careful with these products for children.  Also, ask us about fluoride treatments at your next office visit!

Teeth Grinding – Stress can do quite a number on your teeth and it most often occurs when you are sleeping, so you may not even be aware of it.  Grinding wears the tops of your teeth and can lead to various problems, including an increased risk of cavities.  Our office offers custom night guards (Dr. Hagedorn wears one himself every night) that can help protect your teeth.  This can also help alleviate headaches and sore jaw muscles, too.

Diet – Proper nutrition is key to both overall and oral health.  When eating sweet or starchy goods, be sure to take a moment to rinse out your mouth with water after you eat.  Also, be careful of what you are drinking as well.  Acid content in drinks like juice, lemonade, or even lemon water can wear down tooth enamel.  Be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water and don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking something acidic, it can actually make it worse.

How Does Your Smile Look?

Any age is a great age for an adult to take advantage of our Invisalign or Six Month Smile treatments. Convenient, less expensive, and less noticeable than traditional braces, talk to us to see if you might be a good candidate.  We love to help patients achieve their dream smile!

 

In Your 40’s

Continue to Take Care Of Your Smile

In addition to brushing and flossing daily, be sure you are visiting your dentist for a cleaning and exam twice a year.  This preventative treatment can keep you out of our office and your mouth in tip-top shape.

Things to Watch For

Old Crowns, Bridges, and Fillings – Most crowns, bridges, and fillings have a lifespan and will eventually wear down and/or need to be replaced.  Our office can identify these issues at your 6-month checkups and let you know if we see anything beginning to come loose or crack.  Leaving old dental work untreated can lead to further decay when bacteria creep into the area.

The Health of Your Gums – We often think of the dentist as treating our teeth, but the health of our gums is equally important!  Be sure to mention it to Dr. Hagedorn if your gums are red, swollen, or bleed when you floss.  This can be a sign of other issues and should be treated.

Your Overall Health – Exercise and diet also contribute to the health of your smile.  Follow daily guidelines.  You’ll feel better about yourself and your body, including your teeth and gums, will thank you.

How Does Your Smile Look?

Whitening is one of the easiest ways to make a beautiful difference in your smile.  Years of drinking coffee, tea, and red wine may have contributed to staining your teeth.  Our office offers whitening treatments.  All new patients to the office receive free whitening ($300 value).

 

50’s and Over

Things to Watch For 

Dry Mouth – A variety of things, including medications you are taking or medical conditions you might have, can cause dry mouth.  Bacteria in your mouth is washed away by your saliva, so it is important to keep your mouth moist.  Be sure to stay hydrated!  You can also try chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless mints.

Osteoporosis – Be sure you are getting the daily recommendation of calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong. Older women with osteoporosis can be more likely to lose teeth.

Mouth Sores – Another advantage of 6 month checkups is that Dr. Hagedorn can help check for mouth sores and other suspicious areas that could be a sign of cancer.  If you have a sore that doesn’t go away in one to two weeks, contact our office. It could be a sign of something greater going on.

 

Source: http://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/dental/dental-health-00100000068617/index.html