Just like all parts of our body, age affects the mouth. Over time, our teeth begin to go through a number of changes. Many of these changes occur naturally, and like other changes that occur with age, there's often not a lot you can do to prevent these changes.
Your teeth may be one of the strongest parts of your body, but even they aren't immune to the natural wear and tear that occurs over time. Here are some of the things you can expect to occur over the years.
Your Teeth Wear Down
The enamel that protects your teeth is highly durable, and teeth can repair it, but that doesn't mean it will last forever. All of the biting, grinding, and chewing wears it down and flattens out the tops of teeth. We can help keep your teeth clean and protect the enamel as much as possible, of course.
Brushing and flossing also helps. You can also do your best to avoid eating hard foods or chewing on ice, both of which can wear enamel down more quickly or even cause you to break a tooth.
There are some medical conditions that can wear your teeth down more often. Grinding your teeth at night or having a poor bite can accelerate the wear and tear on your teeth. Fortunately, we can help you with these issues.
Another issue that you'll notice more and more as you age is that your teeth change color. The enamel that was once pearly white may now be a yellow color. That's because all of the coffee, soda, red wine, and tea that you've drank over the years has slowly stained the enamel.
Smoking will also cause this. While there are many different whitening products out there, many of them aren't that effective. If you really want to get your teeth white, you need to call and schedule a professional whitening. We can help you deal with these stains and check for signs that you have other oral health issues while we're at it.