Health

Mandy Kloppers

Caring For Your Teeth in Your Thirties and Beyond

woman looking at her teeth

 

Entering your thirties is an exciting new chapter in your life- chances are you’re more confident and secure in yourself, you have more money, you might be in a stable relationship and job that you enjoy. However, aging isnt without its issues and some things do demand a bit more attention- with your oral health being one of these. Here are some things to consider when it comes to maintaining your smile as you reach your third decade and beyond. 

 

Pregnancy and Dental Wellness

Many of us are having babies later in life, and there are so many reasons for this. Having more money, a more stable relationship and a forever home are just a few benefits that some people gain from waiting. However, pregnancy can be a little tougher on your body as you get older, and hormonal shifts can heighten the likelihood of gum inflammation and bleeding. Regular dental check-ups during pregnancy, along with with a consistent and gentle brushing routine are important. You will get free dentist visits during pregnancy, at around twenty weeks along your midwife will give you a MatB1 form which then allows you to get free dentist visits until your baby turns 1. 

 

Understanding Hormonal Influences

Even outside of pregnancy, as you hit your thirties, hormonal changes can subtly affect your oral health. For women, hormonal fluctuations can lead to variations in gum sensitivity and potential swelling. Changing hormones can lead to less efficient saliva and other factors that can increase your chances of decay and other issues. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Chew sugar-free gum or consider using saliva substitutes to stimulate saliva production, aiding in the natural defense against oral bacteria.

 

Upgrading Your Tools

As you mature, so should your dental tools. Consider switching over to an electric toothbrush for a more efficient and thorough clean. The gentle vibrations of an electric toothbrush can be particularly beneficial, especially if you’re experiencing gum sensitivity. Opt for a soft-bristled brush to care for your gums while ensuring a comprehensive clean for your teeth.

 

Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking becomes more important than ever as you age. While unhealthy at all ages, as time goes on, so does your risk of health issues which are massively increased if you smoke. Along with cancers and other issues in the body, smoking can cause a hugely detrimental impact on your teeth,. If you find the journey challenging, exploring alternative methods can be helpful- ncotine replacement therapies like patches or gums, provide you with a a controlled way to wean off nicotine. You could also consider smokeless alternatives like vaping or nicotine pouches from brands like Twowombats, which eliminate the harmful tar associated with traditional cigarettes. Speak with your GP, there’s lots of stop smoking help out there if you’re willing to take it. 

 

Nurturing Your Enamel

Protecting your enamel becomes more important than ever in your thirties, since this outer layer of your teeth gradually wears down over time. Limit acidic food and drinks to safeguard your enamel, and if you do want to enjoy things like juices or the occasional fizzy drink, it’s best to have them alongside meals. 

 

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