As you age, your teeth age right along with you.
Years of everyday wear and tear add up and definitely take a toll.
But your body is amazingly resilient and the same is true for your teeth…however, both need watchful, tender, loving care!
• What happens to your teeth as you age?
• What can you do to keep your teeth strong for a lifetime?
Gum Disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease)
The risks of gum disease increase with age. Pockets form at the gum line where bacteria grows. If left untreated, bacterial infections can cause damage to connective tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss.
• Brush and floss twice a day
• Use a WaterPik
• Use an antibacterial mouthwash
• Be diligent about your twice a year dental check-ups!
Chipping and cracking and breaking, oh my!
The function of your teeth is mechanical…to mash, chew and grind food to make it digestible.
For the most part teeth are resistant to cracking, chipping and breaking; they do not become more brittle with age. But at Lerner & Lemongello we often see patients with chips and cracks…commonly from biting down hard on something like an olive pit or a kernel of un-popped corn. Bruxism or teeth grinding caused by stress is another common cause of tooth wear and tear.
• Avoid chewing ice
• Check those olives!
• Ask Dr. Lerner or Dr. Lemongello to check your teeth for Bruxism
Tooth decay, cavities and tooth enamel
Two of the biggest threats to your teeth are sugars and starches. These carbohydrates ferment, causing bacteria in your mouth to produce acids which eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
Tiny pits form and tooth decay finds those pits, resulting in cavities. Sweetened carbonated beverages are especially harmful since carbonation increases acid levels in the mouth.
• Cap that sugar craving by chewing sugarless gum
• Take it easy on sugary foods and carbonated soft drinks
• Avoid frequent snacking
• Pay attention to your daily dental hygiene – every day!
At Lerner & Lemongello we want you to have the brightest, best-looking smile at any age!
Call us at 561.627.9000 to schedule an appointment.