How to Give Your Aging Teeth Exactly What It Needs

Do you ever think about your teeth aging? It’s something a lot of us take for granted until we get a problem, so it’s best to be prepared when you hit a certain age.

Here are five problems that come with aging teeth and what you can do about it.

1. Enamel Erosion

As time goes by, teeth start showing signs of wear and tear. The outer part of the enamel will thin over time. The biggest culprits for this are sugary and starchy foods.

To combat, go easy on sugary drinks and foods. Carbonation in sugary drinks, especially sports drinks, increases the acid in your mouth, which leads to erosion.

Avoid frequent snacking. If you’re craving something sweet, go for sugarless gum. It stimulates the saliva and neutralizes the acid in your teeth.

2. Breaking

A common misconception is teeth become brittle as you age. The truth is, they don’t. If you have had a root canal or a large filling, that would most likely cause teeth to break, as well as biting on hard food like unpopped corns from a popcorn, olive seeds, or even ice! 

So avoid chewing hard food and consult with a dentist regularly via telehealth or visit the office. We may be able to spot the areas that have fractures and are ready to crack.

3. Discoloration

Red wine, coffee, and smoking lead to teeth discoloration. If you can’t avoid these drinks, try to use a straw. Avoid other food that stains teeth. Some examples are blueberries, tomato sauce, and balsamic vinegar.

4. Gum Problems

The biggest threat to healthy teeth are your gums. Gum problems are often an inflammatory reaction from an underlying problem such as heart disease or gingivitis. Bleeding gums often indicate that there is a problem.

Floss regularly and eat food that reduces inflammation. This usually consists of a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as flaxseed and fish. Also, use antibacterial mouthwash regularly.

5. Dry Mouth

Our mouth does not dry out as we age, but some medications cause dry mouth. These meds decrease saliva flow, and we need saliva to neutralize the acid to prevent tooth decay.

Keep hydrated, avoid certain medications if you can, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash.

What’s the common advice we’d like to give among these teeth aging signs?

It’s to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and see us every 6 months.

No matter what age you are, you can still get straighter teeth. Invisalign makes that happen. It’ll give you a reason to smile because teeth are always in style. Contact us to learn more.

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