Your teeth are aging right along with your body. Years of everyday wear and tear unfortunately take their toll. But your body is resilient and the same holds true for your teeth.
Your goal should be to age gracefully, in body, mind, spirit and…teeth.
Here are three things to think about as you consider your aging teeth:
Cavities and tooth decay – Two of the biggest threats to your teeth are the carbohydrates starch and sugar. They ferment in your mouth, causing bacteria 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. What can you do?
• Pay close attention to your daily dental hygiene
• Chew sugarless gum to curb sugar cravings
• Take it easy on sugary foods and carbonated beverages
Gingivitis and periodontal disease – The risks of gum disease increase with age. If tartar and plaque are left unattended, 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 and general health risks. What can you do?
• Brush and floss twice a day
• Use an antibacterial, non-alcohol mouthwash
• Be diligent about scheduling twice a year dental check-ups
Chips, cracks and breaks – The function of your teeth is mechanical – to mash, chew and grind your food to make it digestible. Your teeth are strong and resistant to cracking, chipping and breaking and they do not become more brittle with age. But Dr. Goldberg often sees 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. What can you do?
• Ask Dr. Goldberg to check your bite and teeth for Bruxism
• Avoid chewing ice
• Be mindful of your popcorn and olive pits
Call to schedule an appointment, today, to learn more about caring for your amazing teeth: (973) 328-1225.