Throwback Thursday: Aging With Your Teeth

Our bodies change. This is one thing that all humans share, and it simply comes with aging. You may have been surfing around social media sites and posted some old pictures of yourself as a kid for Throwback Thursday. You probably also noticed that you were a bit more fit in your 20s than you are now, and your teeth looked sparkly white and strong. A lot of people do not take into account that your entire body ages with you – your teeth included. Here are some key ways your teeth change as you get older.

Young, pretty woman taking a selfie

Discoloration

Drinking coffee every morning for 30 years does no favors for the color of your teeth. Even with regular brushing and flossing it is inevitable that your teeth will stain a bit. Although you may be tempted to do some at-home teeth whitening tricks, don’t reach for the charcoal quite yet. Discoloration is one symptom of weakening enamel, which is unfortunately permanent. As a result of this, teeth whitening is best left to the dentist.

Cracks and Wear

Think about how often you use your teeth every day. Typically people eat three meals a day, not including snacks, and we are chewing and chewing during those meals. While we are not saying you need to chew less (Please don’t choke!) you should be aware of the toll this takes on the strength of your enamel. It is entirely natural for your teeth to lose some strength, but keep in mind that weakened teeth are susceptible to cracks. There are also many different kinds of food and drink that can soften the enamel of your teeth, even sugar-free drinks. You can help keep your teeth strong by ensuring your intake of calcium, vitamin D, and other tooth-healthy nutrients is high. Fluoridated water is also great for the strength of your enamel.

Turn Back Time

There is not a lot we can do about aging, but if you are unhappy with the current state of your teeth it is important to know that we can turn back the clock. After all, how do you think aging celebrities keep their smiles bright? If you are losing teeth, dental implants are a great alternative to dentures, and if the above-mentioned cracks and wear are making chewing difficult then you should discuss dental crowns with your dentist. If you are near Centennial and have any questions about your teeth, or would like to schedule an appointment with a Denver cosmetic dentist, please give Park Meadows Dental a call today at (303) 759-5652.

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