Ageing is inevitable. It brings a lot of scope for changes in life. As you move towards the 40s and beyond, the scope for change further increases. These changes can be related to lifestyle to prevent any underlying diseases or modify the diet to stay healthy.
When you reach your 40s, the risk of getting periodontal diseases like swollen and receding gums increases. Poor oral health also leads to tooth decay and erosion. Thus, your oral health needs the same attention as your other body parts receive in your 40s. To know more about this, the OnlyMyHealth editorial team talked to Dr Dinesh Lakhera, M.D.S (Orthodontist) Principal Specialist, ESI, Dausa, Rajasthan.
Maintain a Dedicated Brushing Routine
Brushing your teeth twice a day is important. But it is equally significant how you brush your teeth. With ageing, your teeth and gums also experience changes. These changes require dedicated brushing techniques. You can consult your dentist at the time of your routine check-ups about how you can clean your teeth more effectively.
Use Flouride Toothpaste
Along with proper brushing take care of what toothpaste you are using. Tooth sensitivity, decay, and receding gums are common problems as you age. Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities in your teeth. But when in cases of tooth decay and sensitivity, your dentist will recommend a low relative abrasion (RDA) value.
Flossing can significantly aid in the cleaning of your teeth. As your brush cannot reach everywhere, it is the floss that helps you clean hard-to-reach areas in your mouth. But if you face any trouble using traditional string floss, you go with alternatives like water flosser. This washes away leftover food, bacteria, and plaque from between the teeth, reducing gum inflammation.
Eat a Healthy Diet
What you eat in your 40s also has an impact on your teeth. So keep your diet nutritious, low in sugary and starchy foods. Include fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy products, and lean proteins in your diet. These will not only have a positive impact on your oral health but also on your overall well-being.
Prevent Mouth Drying
Your mouth can get dry when you breathe cold air through it. Apart from this, several medications taken by older adults can also lead to drying of the mouth. A dry mouth hampers saliva production, giving scope for bacteria and leftover food particles to stick to teeth. This results in an increased risk of tooth decay and infection inside the mouth. Other than using market products, you can prevent drying of the mouth by drinking plenty of water.
Use a Mouthwash
Adding mouthwash to your dental routine puts up another layer of protection. Specific mouthwash provides antimicrobial support, helping to prevent cavities and maintain healthy gums. You can take your dentist’s advice to have a mouthwash suited for your oral health needs.
Regular Dentist Visit
Last but not least is making regular visits to your dentist. It is your dentist that will examine your oral health and recommends treatment and care in case of any illness. Making regular visits to the dentist will help in the early detection of severe diseases like oral cancer.
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