A mid-life crisis does not have to include bad teeth. Even though we’ve been using these teeth for 30 to 35 years, they can last another 30 to 35 years and look good doing it, with a little help. Put a little extra effort into maintaining healthy teeth and you can have a super smile at 45 and beyond.
1. Get Regular Check-ups
Go to your dentist every 6 months or so for regular check-ups. As we go through middle age, this is even more important than ever. At this age, we are more likely to develop cracks, crazes and cavities as well as more serious conditions like oral cancer. Your dentist can catch these problems early on with regular check-ups. As we all know by this age, the earlier you catch a health problem and get treatment, the easier and more successful the treatment.
2. Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Go to the dental hygienist to have your teeth cleaned professionally once or twice each year. Older teeth are naturally a little more difficult to get truly clean. Regular professional cleaning will go a long way toward keeping your teeth bright white and in good shape.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, “The dental hygienist is registered and trained to clean your teeth and to help you develop a home-care routine tailored to your needs.”
3. Have Cavities Filled
Get cavities filled as quickly as you can. Your dentist will find cavities at your regular check-up but, if you suddenly notice pain or sensitivity to hot and cold, call your dentist as soon as possible to get it checked out and repaired. Having it repaired right away will minimize the damage and make it easier to fix.
4. Get Your Teeth Professionally Whitened
If your teeth have become yellow with age, have them whitened at your dentist’s office. It is a painless procedure that will make a huge difference in your general demeanor. People who are self-conscious about their yellow teeth try to hide their smiles with their hand or stifle their smiles. This makes you feel uncomfortable when you are interacting with others which has a negative impact on your quality of life.
5. Get Veneers or Composite Coatings
Teeth with worn down enamel and minor chips can be prettied up with veneers or composite materials that will give you that super smile after age 45. The dentist will apply the veneers or composite materials and shape them to look like your natural tooth.
This procedure isn’t just about making them look good, though. Sometimes, when the enamel is worn down with age, it is strongly recommended to help your natural teeth last longer. Otherwise, you could easily end up having to get crowns put on your teeth.