How Teeth Change As You Age

Teeth are surprisingly resilient and resistant. Even after the body deteriorates after death, the deceased may be identified through their teeth and dental records. But like everything else in the body, teeth change as people age. By acknowledging change, older people are able to help reverse deteriorating oral health before it becomes a serious issue.

Frequently, adults seem to experience more staining from diet changes and natural wear with age. Aging adults may eliminate stains by using mouthrinsewhitening toothpaste, and whitening strips. For deeper stains, dentists provide teeth bleaching services in office for more dramatic results. Although, teeth bleaching costs more, the effects are longer lasting. By eating or eliminating certain foods, adults can help prevent staining prior to using whitening products. Acidic foods tend to stain and damage teeth by wearing down natural enamel. Foods such as hard cheeses, dairy, alcohol, acidic fruits, and even proteins such as beef can affects a person’s dental health and cause further staining. When adults eat foods high in natural acids, they should brush immediately afterwards to remove access acid and protect against damage. Smoking cigarettes also causes darkening and staining of teeth. Adults should quit smoking, not only for health and well-being, but for a beautiful, bright smile.

With age, adults also experience a mechanical wear on teeth from use, grinding, and daily stress. If adults experience a constant tension in the jaw muscles, they may be victims of teeth grinding, or bruxism, a common but uncomfortable dental condition. Dentists may provide generic or customized oral devices to protect against further damage. As enamel wears off, elderly patients experience more sensitivity and an increase in potential cavities. By using a fluoride mouthrinse, patients at risk further help to prevent cavitiesDental appliances help alleviate the side effects of stress while relieving tension in the jaw.

Another serious issue that adults experience effects the gums—a gum disease or periodontal diseases. As people age, the gums naturally recede due to changes in hormones, use of tobacco, and teeth grinding. With receding gum lines and gum diseases, adults may experience more sensitivity, loose teeth, and an increase in gingivitis and the probability of cavities. Adults should consult a dentist immediately as they notice a difference in the amount of gum tissue.

Although teeth are resistant, the human body and the changes people experience as they age effect the gums and the flesh in the mouth. To help preserve the natural luster and healthy condition of teeth in adulthood, visit a dentist for regular cleanings at least twice a year. Dr. Alexander Ash located in Studio City, California can help treat staining, mechanical wear on teeth, and help prevent natural gum loss. Dr. Ash serves the Southern California area, including Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Studio City, and Burbank. Make an appointment today!

Dr. Ash is the founder of Studio Dental Care. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, followed by two General Residencies at New York-Presbyterian / Weill-Cornell Hospital and the UCLA Sepulveda VA Hospital.

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