Right along with your skin, your joints, and every other body part, your teeth age with every passing year. Day in and day out, your teeth are subjected to gnashing and grinding that can, at some point, take a toll. While you become mindful of the lifestyle and dietary habits that keep your body nourished and flexible, it is important to also remain vigilant about caring for your teeth.
The Effects of Aging on Teeth
Wear and Tear
Teeth fulfill a mechanical function in the body. They bite and grind down food for digestion. The hard outer shell of enamel is extremely durable and should not become brittle as it ages. However, many people suffer damage such as cracks or chips. Why? There are a couple of reasons.
Enamel can chip or crack if you accidentally bite or chew something hard, like an ice cube, popcorn kernel, or olive pit. Additionally, teeth may become overly stressed by a bad bite or by the chronic habit of grinding and clenching, called bruxism.
To protect your teeth from unnecessary wear:
Have your dentist check for signs of bruxism.
Chew popcorn and olives with care!
Avoid using your teeth for tools, and do not chew on ice.
Minimize erosion by avoiding carbonated beverages and energy drinks.
One of the most prevalent adult dental conditions, gum disease, can cost you a healthy, attractive smile. As we age, we become more susceptible to this progressive infection, which originates with dental plaque. The bacteria that live in plaque weaken the gums, as well as the periodontal ligament and bone. When not treated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
To protect yourself from gum disease:
Brush for two full minutes twice a day.
Floss every day.
Obtain routine checkups and cleanings from your dentist.
Speak with your dentist or hygienist about appropriate oral care products, such as antibacterial mouthwash.
Oral care is not complicated, but the habits that you create can keep your teeth and gums healthy and attractive for life! The team at Moberi Dental Specialists is here to help you enjoy excellent oral health. Schedule your visit at 713-355-7373.
Posted on 04/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM