Caring for Your Teeth and Gums at Any Age
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
The natural aging process affects our body on many levels. We gradually slow down physically and mentally, and may experience other surprising biological changes. One way aging affects us all is in the condition of our teeth, our gums and our general oral health. Let's touch on the aspects of natural aging and its apparent effects on our teeth along with the options available at Artiste Studios - L'Orthodontiste in order to treat each issue.
As time passes and our teeth and gums age, we may find our teeth: ■ Changing color due to onset staining over time ■ Changing shape due to fractures, wear or constant grinding ■ Becoming thinner as tooth enamel loses luster and thickness
■ Becoming loose due to bone loss ■ Appearing more gray or yellowish ■ Persistent bad breath ■ Dry mouth
Anyone's teeth, despite a person's age, can become stained and discoloured over time because of habits such as:
■ Drinking coffee and tea
■ Eating foods like berries that can stain teeth
■ Drinking wine ■ Taking certain medications ■ Heredity ■ Smoking or chewing tobacco
Additionally, our gums may develop periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, due to several different factors including aging. Gum disease causes a slight bleeding of the gums during tooth brushing which is nothing to be alarmed about, since your Artiste Studios' clinician has many options for treating early gum disease. Left untreated, however, gum disease may cause tooth decay, loosening individual teeth and bringing about other infections.
Age and Oral Health Ok, let's suppose that you somehow manage to avoid the substances that stain and decay teeth, along with practising good oral hygiene and seeing your Artiste Studios dentist regularly. What else could affect your teeth? The bottom line is, your teeth will age like the rest of your body since medical science has not yet found a way to stop this process. Your teeth are no different - in fact, teeth enamel will thin with age, and this may cause a grey appearance and a less lustrous natural shine which increases the risk of overall decay. These issues alone are good enough reasons to consult with an Artiste Studios dentist to find a solution.
Aesthetic enamel sculpting, veneers and crowns, teeth whitening, implants and even orthodontics are all possibilities when planning treatment for aging teeth. We are happy to guide you to your long lasting healthy smile at every age.
Be sure to contact us at Artiste Studios if you have any questions concerning any of the subject matter mentioned or to discuss any of the treatment options and if they are right for you.