Maintaining your Family’s Teeth – from Young Adulthood to Old Age
It is common knowledge that having good oral hygiene can be a significant contributing factor in your overall health as limiting the bacteria entering your body through your mouth can reduce the chances of developing problems with their heart or developing diabetes. Therefore maintaining a good oral care regime throughout the busiest parts of adult life has never been more important.
Adulthood the Early Years
Similarly to teenagers young adults are often not that concerned with their teeth and are usually less than keen to go see a dentist on a regular basis for a variety of reasons some of which being the potential discomfort, having a limited income and thinking it is unnecessary. “What many young adults fail to understand is that just because there is no pain does not mean there isn’t a problem developing” say Dr Kimberly Harms of the American Dental Association.
Good oral care as a young adult is as important as at any other point in their life and instilling this in your family constantly as they grow older may seem to be nagging by the time your children reach young adulthood but a gentle reminder may be the push required to get them to reconsider their postponed trip to the dentist. In addition in the case of pregnancy it becomes even more important to schedule a visit to the dentist to ensure there are no problems that could be allowing additional bacteria a route into the body potentially affecting the health of an unborn child.
The Middle Years
By the time you have reached middle age both you and your partner’s teeth will most likely start to show signs of their age. This is the point that good constant oral care throughout the earlier stages of your life will bring dividends. In most adult they will have had some fillings by now and these will need to be checked to identify any cracks that need to be repaired.
There is also a greater likelihood of gum disease starting to develop so you and your partner need to keep on top of any sudden twinges or aches and make sure that you both have more regular checkups perhaps as often as every three months in order to ensure that any potential problems are identified and improve the odds of it being pain free dentistry
. “Any problems in your mouth such as sores that don’t want to heal need to be checked out as the range of potential diseases increases in middle age” says doctor Hamms.