Like a car with many miles on the odometer, our bodies age and certain parts get more wear and tear than others. Most people know to regularly visit their doctors for maintenance and tune-ups. However, many people forget that our teeth age too! It’s just as important to visit your dentist regularly to stay on top of your oral health and hygiene. Dental needs change as we get older and as our tooth structure evolves. Your dentist will be able to help you stay healthy on the inside and out.
One of the biggest changes that happens to teeth as we age is the acid erosion of tooth enamel. This can lead to sensitive teeth as the delicate nerve endings are exposed. You can help slow or prevent this erosion by avoiding or reducing sugary and starchy foods that promote acid and bacteria build up in the mouth. Daily brushing and flossing are also important.
Another factor that contributes to accelerated aging of teeth is mechanical wear and tear. The material that our teeth is made from is very resilient and extremely difficult to crack or chip. Furthermore, teeth do not become more fragile or brittle as we age. However, teeth are not indestructible. It is possible to crack or chip a tooth by biting down hard on something a little stronger than enamel. Also keep in mind that if you have teeth with fillings or root canals, they will be more prone to damage because their structural integrity has been compromised.
Keep your teeth healthy as you age and they will help you look and feel younger!
Denver Dentistry – Dr. Guy Grabiak, DMD, FAGD
3190 S Wadsworth Blvd, Suite #300
Littleton, CO 80227