Why Are Older Adults More Susceptible to Tooth Staining?
February 21st, 2022
Many things improve with age, including wine, wisdom, and time-tested recipes. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for your teeth. Aging often brings along a host of dental concerns, including yellowing and staining. While it’s not possible to eliminate the effects of time on your teeth, there are things you can do to help.
Years of exposure to foods and drinks that are highly pigmented, such as coffee, wine, and berries, can stain the healthiest of teeth. Think of it this way. If it stains your clothes, the odds are it will stain your teeth. Moreover, smoking is another contributor to yellow, discolored teeth.
Even if you steer away from pigmented foods and tobacco products, your teeth will naturally yellow with age. That’s because the outer layer of enamel thins due to wear and tear as the years go by, exposing the dentin below, which is yellow in color. Moreover, the microscopic holes that occur naturally in the enamel become larger with age, leaving the teeth more susceptible to staining and discoloration.
There are things you can do to combat the effects of time on your teeth, including maintaining meticulous oral hygiene practices. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste and floss every day.
Don’t forget to visit Avalon Dental Care for your routine preventive care every six months. Professional dental cleanings can help remove surface teeth stains that brushing and flossing can’t. During your visits, we’ll also check for any dental concerns, including periodontal disease, tooth decay, dry mouth, and more.
Depending on the type of tooth staining and discoloration, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening. If you have severe discoloration and want a more permanent solution, you may want to consider dental veneers, bonding, or crowns. Our cosmetic restorations will mask any tooth imperfections, leaving you with a bright, dazzling smile.
Contact your trusted team at Avalon Dental Care to learn more about the effects of aging on your teeth. If you find that your teeth are stained or discolored, our team will work with you to determine the best solution to restore the sparkle to your smile. Call us and schedule your appointment today!