Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

4 Factors that Affect Aging Teeth

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We all know that the aging process affects our bodies and minds, but you may not realize the damage it does to your dental health. Discover how to protect your teeth and prevent them from showing your age.

The Dread of Dry Mouth

A moist mouth naturally cleans teeth by rinsing away plaque and particles that collect on them. But as you get older, you tend to produce less saliva due to certain medications, illnesses, and the aging process in general. This causes a condition called dry mouth, which can lead to many dental care problems and the appearance of aging teeth since saliva is no longer washing away bacteria. To help with this concern, try to stay hydrated, brush after meals, and floss daily to prevent pesky plaque from building up on your teeth.

The Grief of Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the greatest risks for aging teeth. See, bacteria in the mouth can cause gums to recede, which exposes more of the tooth’s root. This actually led to the phrase about seniors being “long in the tooth.” In addition, gum disease can threaten the strength of the tooth’s bone and lead to tooth loss. But it’s never too late to be proactive about protecting yourself from gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your family dentist twice a year.

The Woe of Wear and Tear

No matter how diligent you’ve been about dental care, years of eating, drinking, and everyday activities can take their toll on teeth. Also, many of us unknowingly brush too hard and forget to floss, which can contribute to dental damage. From now on, try to brush extremely gently with soft-bristled toothbrushes, floss at least once a day, and see your family dentist in Shelby Township for regular check-ups and cleanings.

The Agony of Acid

Many of the foods and drinks you consume contain acids that wear away tooth enamel over time. This leads to enamel erosion and yellowish stains that can make teeth appear darker and make you look older. Dental care experts recommend that you limit your intake of acidic foods and beverages like citrus fruits, sodas, and wine. When you do occasionally enjoy them, wait thirty minutes before brushing your teeth to avoid brushing away your enamel. Also, try using special toothpastes designed to strengthen enamel and guard against acid erosion.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township.

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  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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