When 40s – Teeth have not changed much structurally, especially if you have been taking good care of your mouth.
Watch out for:
Gum Problems Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and tooth loss – what do these have in common? They can all be caused by periodontitis, 23 per cent of women aged 30 to 54 were found to have periodontitis. If your gums are red, sore, or if they bleed after brushing or flossing, see your dentist, stat! He or she can refer you to a periodontist who can properly diagnose the condition and suggest treatment options. Dr Ryder adds: “The earlier gum disease is diagnosed and treated, the better long-term prognosis for eliminating extensive tooth loss.”
Fitness Your fitness level can determine the health of your teeth – most probably because those who take better care of their bodies, take better care of their teeth, according to the Journal of Periodontology. The study looked at 1,160 healthy individuals, and those who had the lowest body mass indexes and highest fitness levels were at the lowest risk for periodontal diseases. Researchers also discovered that individuals who exercised have healthier eating habits.
Fillings Fillings will start to wear down over time. White resin fillings last about eight to 10 years, while silver ones can last twice as long. When they eventually become loose and crack, bacteria will seep in and cause decay. When this happens, see your dentist right away so that the fillings can be replaced as soon as possible.
For those with gum problems, try Hapica Periodontal Ultra, $16.90. This toothbrush has soft bristles that don’t irritate sensitive gum tissues, and a precision-tapping motion that promotes gum circulation for better gum health.