Our bodies change as we age so it should come as no surprise that our teeth also change. There are several ways this happens - many of which we don't even think about.
Ways Your Teeth Change as you Grow Older
You wear your teeth down because you chew food daily. These foods will also cause your teeth to grow discolored. This is especially true when, as the teeth's enamel wears away, exposing your dentin which is naturally yellow in color.
Things like smoking and drinking will also increase the risk of this happening faster. Obviously, you'll want to stop smoking as soon as possible as your teeth aren't the only thing at risk here - your overall health is also at risk.
Taking long-term maintenance medications (e.g. high blood pressure, heart disease, chemotherapy) can wreak havoc on your teeth.
This is because they make your mouth dry and you need saliva to prevent tooth decay. Make sure that if you're on any of these medications you drink plenty of water, so you don't have a dry mouth.
Your gums also endure a lot of wear and tear. Of course, bone and muscle loss are also natural parts of aging. When the gum recession is severe, your teeth can grow so loose that they may fall out.
The nerves in your teeth also grow smaller as you age, making your teeth less sensitive. When this happens, you're less likely to feel tooth decay and cavities.
Let our office help you take better care of your teeth so they can age with you instead of aging you. Receiving regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are necessary at any age, but they grow even more important as you grow older.
Since you're less likely to feel problems developing you'll want us to check your teeth more frequently so we can catch and treat any issues right away.
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