As you get older, your body happens to change quite a bit. Fortunately, many of those changes are good. You get older, wiser – better able to handle everything that time throws at you. Unfortunately, your teeth don’t always get better with age.
As you age, the risk you have for certain conditions goes up. In your mouth, these can vary from gum problems – like recession and gum disease – to cavities and tooth loss. In many cases, aging can have a factor when it comes to the gradual changing of your teeth. However, our dentists in the Anaheim area remind patients that we can’t blame everything on age. In many cases, external factors (and decisions) can be making an even greater impact on the teeth than age.
So, what does age do to your teeth? And could it one-day mean you may need to talk to our denture specialists in Anaheim? Maybe, maybe not. Read on to learn more.
How Age Affects Your Teeth
They can wear down
Your teeth are incredibly strong, but they can still gradually be worn down. After years of chewing, grinding, biting, tearing, and living the hard outer shell of your teeth – otherwise known as enamel – begins to wear down. Your teeth will also begin to slowly change shape.
It is very hard to maintain perfect teeth for your entire life – unless of course you only eat soft foods and never leave the house. Just about any healthy mouth will need some form of dental restoration at some point – and you’d be smart to be ready for it, because delay will only make it worse.
But it’s not just time that wears down your teeth. Enamel can be chipped and teeth can be broken by eating hard foods or chewing on things like ice – or your fingernails. A poor bite and/or grinding can also lead to accelerated wear – which can often be corrected by an orthodontist or a mouthguard
Keep your Mouth Moist
As you age, your mouth can often get drier. This can also increase your likelihood of decay and cavities – since it’s your saliva that helps fight against food, debris, and bacteria all day. This can often happen due to medication – which frequently causes dry mouth.
The easiest solution here is to just drink more water. Always have a water bottle on hand! Better yet -hold the water in your mouth for just a little bit longer before you swallow to help take some of the work off of your spit. It could use a break.
Get help when you need it.
The fact is, just like your muscles aren’t as resilient as they used to be – your teeth aren’t as tough either. If you suspect a problem with your teeth and you live in the Garden Grove area. Contact us today. 714-537-5700