There are many things that improve with age, including wine, wisdom, and recipes that have been tried and true. You can’t say the same about your teeth, however. The aging process can lead to a variety of dental concerns, including yellowing and staining of the teeth. It is not possible to eliminate the effects of time on your teeth, but there are things you can do to minimize their effects.
Why Are Older Adults More Prone to Tooth Stains?
Even the healthiest of teeth can become stained after years of exposure to foods and drinks that are highly pigmented, such as coffee, wine, and berries. Take a look at it this way. If it stains your clothes, it is likely to stain your teeth as well. Furthermore, smoking contributes to the yellowing and discoloration of teeth.
Even if you avoid pigmented foods and tobacco products, your teeth will naturally yellow as you age. Due to wear and tear, the outer layer of enamel thins over time, exposing the yellow dentin beneath. In addition, the microscopic holes in the enamel increase in size with age, making the teeth more susceptible to staining and discoloration.
What can you do to prevent tooth discoloration caused by aging?
In order to combat the effects of time on your teeth, it is important to maintain meticulous oral hygiene practices. You should make a conscious effort to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste and floss regularly.
It is very important to maintain regular dental appointments every six months for your routine preventive care, especially as you age. Professional dental cleanings can help remove surface stains on your teeth that brushing and flossing cannot.The dentist will examine your mouth for any oral health problems, including periodontal disease, tooth decay, and dry mouth, as part of your dental visit.
Professional teeth whitening may be an option depending on the type of staining and discoloration on your teeth. Those who have severe discoloration and want a more permanent solution might consider dental veneers, bonding, or crowns. With cosmetic restorations, you’ll be able to conceal any tooth imperfections, leaving you with a dazzling smile.
For more information about how aging affects your teeth, please feel free to contact our dental office. Our team will work with you to determine the best solution to restore your beautiful smile if your teeth are stained or discolored. Contact us and schedule your appointment today!