Adulting: It's Never Too Late
By G. Brooks Haney, DDS on October 22, 2018
Adulting can be hard. Between rent, bills, kids, a career, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to make time for yourself. But independence, parenting, work, and wisdom with age can be great, too. Does your oral health fit into your grown up lifestyle?
Priorities: You can become very busy any given day. Brushing your teeth and making a dental appointment may not feel like the most pressing but you know it's important- so you do it.
Family Life: You become more motivated to take care of yourself when habits easily fit with the family life and you know to set a good example. Whether you are caring for children or parents, preventative oral healthcare is more fun togeher as a family.
Benefits: If your job offers dental coverage, there should be no reason not to see the dentist. You could even use paid time off for the appointment.
Adult Oral Health Concerns:
When it comes to starting and maintaining healthy oral care habits, it's never too late to start implementing healthier habits today. Here is what we are up against:
- Stains: Yellow teeth look old and unhealthy. Avoid or decrease sugar, coffee, red wine, and nicotine to keep your pearly whites actually white.
- Enamel: Sugar in soda, juice, and desserts threaten your enamel. Enamel is the hard, protective cover on each tooth and it can never be replaced. Sensitive toothpaste can help preserve your enamel.
- Receding Gums: Brushing too hard, smoking, and simply aging can cause your gums to pull back and reveal more of your tooth. Talk with Dr Haney if you are concerned about receding gums.
- Gum Disease: Nearly half of all Americans over 30 have gum disease. Gum disease can be painful inflammation called gingivitis or advanced gum disease called periodontitis. Bad breath, bone loss, and tooth loss are all potential side effects of severe periodontitis.
- Pregnancy & Nursing: Oral care is important for pregnant and nursing women. Having children takes a toll on your body and you need to replenish and care for yourself. Gum disease in pregnant women has even been linked to birth defects and labor complications, so it's very worth the time and effort to prevent it.
It doesn't matter how old you are, you'll never grow out of needing to brush your teeth, eat a healthy diet, and visit the dentist. These three habits are the keys to a healthy mouth for people of all ages.
At this age, a lot of people are counting on you to be your best self. Start and maintain healthy habits today for the best chance of a healthy mouth later in life.
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