How Your Teeth Change With Age

Our teeth do change with age which may cause dental issues like staining, bruxism, acid erosion, etc. 

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: Dec 09, 2010
How Your Teeth Change With Age

Oral care is as important as skin care as this does affect the overall wellbeing of the user. Our teeth need proper vigilance and care to stay healthy and white. We need to follow an oral care routine to keep our teeth strong for the longest time. This regime includes brushing twice a day, avoid eating too much sugar, regular dental checkup, etc. It is suggested that if you abide by this routine, you'll have strong and healthy teeth and gums.

But on the other hand, it is also true that our teeth change with time. As we age, our teeth undergo certain changes. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to their health to prevent oral problems. Here are some common age-related dental problems that arise with age.

Acid Erosion

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Acid erosion is one of the primary oral problems.  When you consume sugary or acidic substances – such as fruit juices or sodas - particles lodge in your mouth afterwards.  These particles are allowed to ferment and produce an acid which attacks the enamel protection of your teeth. Over the course of your lifetime, this type of acidic onslaught will have a detrimental impact on the quality of your teeth.  Many people think that fruit juices are good for you; well, this may be true in other bodily spheres, but the citric acid contained in fruit juices has corrosive properties.

Luckily there is a substance which counters this acidic breakdown; the saliva in your mouth has neutralizing qualities which negates the influence of the citric acids.  Many dentists advise that you chew sugar-free gum which helps to produce this saliva; you are inherently protecting your teeth as you chew without any brushing or scraping.

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As you get older, you tend to grind your teeth at night unwittingly; this is a process known as bruxism.  There are making theories set forth as to why you do this – your two sets of teeth may not be aligned correctly, others believe it has to do with stress – but it definitely does cause some wear and tear of your teeth.

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Maintaining your teeth’s whiteness seems to be an everlasting task; so many of our natural habits during the day tend to affect stain or discolour them.  This is of course a cosmetic issue and doesn’t affect you general health, but the first thing people seem to notice is your teeth.  If you drink tea, coffee or red wine, then you will probably notice that even brushing every day isn’t enough to keep them as white as they should be.  Smoking is a real dirty habit if you value dental aesthetics, so cigarettes should be avoided at all costs to maintain a pearly set of whites.

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