A LIFE OF SMILES AND HAPPY TEETH!
- Posted on: Sep 15 2015
Your teeth are resilient! If taken care of, they are designed to last for life.
But years of everyday wear and tear and gnashing and mashing eventually add up.
One of the major concerns you may have as you age is your teeth.
• Are there specific things you can do to keep your teeth strong?
Consider: Wear and Tear
The function of your teeth is mechanical…to chew and grind food to make it digestible. For the most part teeth are resistant to cracking, breaking and chipping; they do not become more brittle with age. However, we often see patients with chips and cracks…usually from biting down on something hard like an olive pit or a kernel of un-popped corn.
Teeth grinding (Bruxism) caused by stress is another common cause of tooth wear.
- What helps?:
• Avoid chewing ice
• Visit your dentist to check for bruxism
• Pay attention to your popcorn!
Consider: Gum Disease
The risks of gum disease increase with age. Gum disease is one of the most harmful things to the health of your teeth. Tiny pockets form at the gum line where bacteria can grow. If left untreated, these bacterial infections can damage connective tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss.
• Get a dental check-up twice a year
• Use an antibacterial mouthwash
• Brush and floss at least twice a day
What are two of the biggest threats to your teeth? Sugars and Starches. These carbohydrates ferment, causing mouth bacteria to produce acids…which eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
Small pits form and tooth decay finds those pits…resulting in cavities.
Sweetened carbonated beverages are also problematic because carbonation increases acid levels in the mouth.
- What helps?:
• Easy does it on carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks and sugary foods,
• Curb that sugar craving by chewing sugarless gum
• Avoid frequent snacking
Dr. Wylie and the team at Wylie Dental Care can help you have the best-looking smile every day of your life! Call us at 304.845.2480 to schedule an appointment today.
Posted in: General Dentistry