Can Age Change Your Smile?

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You probably are already aware of many of the steps you can take to protect your oral health. However, some of the risks to your teeth are the passage of time and the effects of age. We want to help you keep your teeth strong as you get older, and we invite you to begin taking steps now.

First, make sure you are brushing and flossing your smile each day so that you aren’t leaving your dental health vulnerable to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. You should also be aware of any other factors that contribute to decay and gum diseases, such as damaging your teeth by chewing on pencils, pens, and ice. This habit could result in cracks in your teeth that weaken the protective tooth enamel layer.

Staying hydrated boosts your oral health, especially for older patients, who are more likely to be dehydrated when their bodies stop retaining water as sufficiently as they used to. You may also be taking medications that cause dehydration. Not staying hydrated every day can increase your susceptibility to gum disease and cavities.

If you are concerned about the effect of aging on your smile and would like to seek an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Spencer Ellis, please feel free to contact Ellis Family Dentistry at 423-663-4444 today.