When you are young your teeth are strong and white. You may think, because they are made of calcified tissue (dentin) and protected by a strong, clear coating of enamel, that they will always stay that way. Not true. Your teeth age just like you do. That’s not to say that you can’t keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, because they are meant to last a lifetime. They just won’t look as good as they looked when you were younger. Learn some facts about aging teeth below.
Fact #1: Younger people have thicker tooth enamel. That’s one reason their teeth look so bright and white. As you age your enamel thins allowing your dentin to show through. Because dentin is slightly yellow, your teeth will begin to look yellowish too.
Fact #2: The older you are the more wear your teeth have been exposed to including foods and drinks that stain, and habits such as grinding and clenching, or chewing your fingernails, that may have helped wear your teeth down.
Fact #3: Gum disease is not inevitable as you age. In most cases, you have control over whether or not you develop periodontal disease. Although some cases are hereditary, most cases aren’t and can be staved off with proper oral hygiene including:
- Brushing at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing daily
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouth wash
- Visiting your dentist twice a year for a thorough exam and professional cleaning.
Fact #4: Gum disease is caused by the buildup of bacterial plaque. Although it can affect people of any age, smokers, individuals taking certain medications, and people who suffer from dry mouth are at an increased risk for gum disease.
ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-577-1444.