Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and they are one of the most resilient parts of your body—withstanding mild trauma, various infections, adolescent cavities, and decades of chewing food.
As a result, singular oral health issues are more likely to present at certain life stages.
Here’s what to expect from your oral health at various points during your lifetime.
Dentistry through Age 18
After your adult teeth erupt, you’re more likely to develop cavities, get braces or Invisalign, or suffer an injury at play.
This is the stage where developing good oral hygiene practices can last a lifetime. Brush and floss at least twice per day, visit your dentist regularly and have your twice-yearly cleanings.
Parents have a tremendous responsibility at this stage to instill healthy habits in their children, including healthy snacking habits!
At this stage, you have to be careful not to slack off on healthy oral hygiene habits. Some adults don’t think so, but it is still very possible to get cavities during midlife.
It’s also important to pay attention to health risks in relation to poor oral care. These risks increase as you age.
- Heart attack
- Periodontal disease
Dental complications contributing to poor health in other areas of your body is at an increased risk after midlife—in other words, a systemic infection brought on by a dental infection.
At this stage, it’s more important than ever to visit your dentist regularly even if you have dentures. Your gums, after all, are still susceptible to infection and other oral health issues.
At this point, your dentist will also begin screening you yearly for oral cancer, a risk that increases as you age.
See Your Cincinnati Dentist at Every Stage
No matter your age, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene between visits.
Make an appointment with Dr. Wright, our dentist in Cincinnati, OH, to assess your oral health risks no matter your age!