Teeth and gums are unlikely the first things you think about regarding aging, but age affects them. Even with a healthy lifestyle and a great dental hygiene routine, your teeth slowly lose whiteness as you age.
There are several reasons why our teeth lose their whiteness over time, and though it’s not a sign of poor oral health, it can reduce your confidence in your smile.
Aging causes several changes within teeth's structure, making them discolored.
The harder enamel surrounding the tooth begins to thin, revealing the softer dentin underneath. With the dentin more exposed and less enamel protecting the tooth, it becomes more susceptible to discolorations and stains.
Alongside the enamel thinning, the dentin layer also begins to expand. Dentin is yellow, which becomes more prominent as age exposes it.
Medications can also play a part in your teeth becoming discolored because age often comes with the need to take extra medications, and medications often affect the color of teeth.
Finally, genetics have a part in whether or not your teeth become discolored. Of course, that is not something you can control.
Follow the steps below to help counteract the discoloration of your teeth as you age.
Keeping up with oral hygiene is important as you age because of the thinning of the enamel. Not only does it cause discoloration, but it also makes you more susceptible to tooth problems.
It can be difficult to keep up with regular dental visits as you age, but it is still important to visit your dentist for twice-annual cleanings and exams.
Many foods, like soda, tea, coffee, candy, sauces, and bright fruits, can easily stain your teeth. Avoiding foods that discolor your teeth can help keep them whiter longer.
Because teeth lose their whiteness with age, one of the best ways to restore your smile and keep your teeth white is by having them professionally whitened.
At TLN Family Dental, our team of dentists can help you whiten your teeth through Opalescence® teeth whitening. The process only takes 45-60 minutes and keeps your teeth looking great for up to six months.
If you are ready to whiten your teeth and restore your smile, contact our office in Houston or Pearland, Texas or schedule an appointment online today.