How Our Teeth Age
We all get older and we know the standard side effects. Like wrinkles, poor eyesight and age spots. But, have you ever thought about when you age, how your teeth age too?
Your teeth can change dramatically over short spaces of time. If you’re really consistent with brushing, you’re teeth will look a lot whiter than they would if you weren’t. Or also, straightening treatments, your teeth could go from crooked to straight in a matter of months. Our teeth can withstand a lot.
However, teeth age over time thanks to general wear and tear. The speed at which they age can also be affected by lifestyle, diet and general health maintenance. Although, you cannot stop your teeth aging you can slow it down with good care.
Wear and tear.
Your teeth age generally throughout life. Think about how much your mouth goes through in a day. When you chew, grind and bite, you’re wearing away your enamel. Enamel exists to protect your teeth and nerves. So when this goes, you’re exposing your teeth to an abundance of ageing effects. This process can be hastened by exposure to acidic foods and drinks, like citrus fruits and fizzy juice.
Gum disease is caused by failing to clean the plaque off the surface of the teeth. You can read more about plaque in one of our older blogs. Signs of gum disease include bleeding when brushing, receding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. If you don’t treat it, gum disease could lead to damaged gums and bones and even tooth loss. You might think, ‘that could never happen to me!’ Trust us, it could. And it’ll definitely make sure your teeth age.
The one thing you think about when you think of old teeth are either false ones or crooked yellow ones. Teeth darkening or yellowing with time is just how teeth age. It’s totally normal! A number of things can cause this including decay, regular tea and coffee consumption, and smoking. It’s just another way teeth age unfortunately!
How to keep your teeth younger for longer.
The best way to slow down the process of ageing teeth is to follow advice you know. The advice your dentist gives you every time you visit. Brush and floss twice a day. On top of that, make sure you are visiting your dentist when you need to.
Use the right products for your teeth, ask your dentist to recommend some! If you’re looking for something that’ll sort your out faster, you can opt for a cosmetic treatment. Professional bleaching treatments can help remove stains and restore natural whiteness. Dental implants or dentures can be used to replace missing teeth and keep the smile looking natural. You could also opt for porcelain crowns or veneers!
Whatever way you look at it, teeth age. As you get older your teeth are going to get older too. We think it’s best to look after them now, instead of waiting til later.
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