Common Dental Problems in Those Ages 40-60

Aging can slow us down, give us some more aches and pains, see us gain weight we’d rather not, lose hair we’d rather keep.

It also can result in some dental problems common to adults ages 40-60.

A list of some of the most common is below.

  • According to the American Dental Association (ADA) “the average adult” (the ADA’s term) between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more missing or decayed teeth.
  • In other words, tooth loss isn’t for old people – it can happen to you in your 40s (or even your later 20s!).
  • Sensitive teeth also can be a problem from those in their middle years. Sensitivity in your teeth could be cause by cavities, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, an exposed tooth root, and fractured teeth. The last three conditions aren’t uncommon in adults.


Ages 40-60 are the time neglecting your oral hygiene in your 20s and 30s can really start to show up.

  • The calcium content in an adult’s saliva tends to increase around age 40, making plaque harden into tartar more quickly. This is why it’s wise to increase your regular visits to a dentist from every six months to every three or four months in order to get the plaque/tartar removed. Doing so can mean prevention of the germs within tartar having the (longer) chance of damaging your teeth and gums. Instead of having that extra three months to do their dirty work if you see a dentist every six months, you can cut that time in half if you see him quarterly.
  • You may find that older fillings and crowns have worn down enough that they need replacing.
  • Many middle aged adults, noticing that their teeth are stained from tobacco, wine and/or coffee, decide to undergo a whitening procedure, or opt for porcelain veneers to cover up stains and improve the look of chipped or broken teeth.

As you get closer to retirement, an important fact to remember is this: Medicare doesn’t cover dental work.

Unless you want to spend considerably in your later years on crowns, bridges, dentures, tooth loss, and so on, your 40s-60s are the years to practice great dental health habits: brush twice a day, floss once a day and visit your dentist twice (or even three or four times) a year for checkups and tooth cleaning.

Whether you’ve just hit the Big 4-0, or if you’re nearing retirement, if you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, now is the time to schedule an appointment to make sure your teeth remain as healthy as possible as you grow older. Contact Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson by phone. You also may send us an e-mail message at [email protected].

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