Yellow teeth do not mean unhealthy teeth

Yellow teeth do not mean unhealthy teeth

Aging teeth can cause many dental problems. What can we do to prevent serious problems? Everything you need to know about aging teeth.

As we age, the health of our mouth requires special attention. Tooth loss in old age is a very common phenomenon. About 75% of people over 65 are missing at least one tooth. Unfortunately, the situation in Hungary is even worse, according to a 2010 study, only one in five Hungarians has not lost a tooth. It is a mistake to think that tooth loss in older age is inevitable. It is indeed possible to be proud of our natural smile even at the age of 70.

Natural tooth wear and tear

Although it is a scientifically proven fact that the human jaw and teeth are particularly strong even compared to other primates, a lifetime of chewing, teeth grinding, and consuming sugary and acidic foods certainly damage our tooth enamel.

Weak tooth enamel is dangerous, as a small crack in the surface of the tooth can irritate the tissue in the deeper layers and cause infection. In addition, as we age, the nerves in the teeth lose their sensitivity, so an infection only causes pain if the problem is so severe that it requires a root canal treatment.

As we age, the gums begin to shrink due to natural processes and it becomes more and more difficult for the gums to support the teeth. One of the most common causes of tooth loss in old age is periodontal disease. Commonly, patients with the symptoms of periodontal disease do not go to the dentist in time. The most important thing is that if your gums bleed, definitely ask your dentist for advice!

Ageing teeth and yellow discoloration

Unfortunately, discoloration of the teeth in old age is not only due to excessive consumption of coffee and red wine. The deeper dentin layer naturally turns yellow, which becomes visible through the thinned tooth enamel. In addition, it is obvious that the surface discoloration of the tooth enamel also plays a role in the overall colour of our teeth. So, do not dring too much red wine and coffee and quit smoking!

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate!

We have to count on dry mouth as a side effect of many medications, which is not only unpleasant, but it can also have a serious impact on the overall health of the mouth and teeth.

The lack of saliva makes it very difficult to swallow and break down food in the mouth, and it can also lead to injury and inflammation. In addition, the risk of gum disease and tooth decay increases when our mouth is dry. By using sugar-free chewing gum and consuming sugar-free candies, you can do a lot to retain moisture in your mouth. And of course, you should also pay attention to the recommended daily amount of water intake!

It is recommended to avoid consuming caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they dry out the mouth as well. Smoking is also the enemy of saliva production, so quit smoking is not only good for our lungs but also our oral health!

In old age, it is worth going to dental check-ups more often in order to treat possible dental diseases at an early stage and prevent losing teeth! We wholeheartedly recommend to come to our dental hygiene treatment annually. It is the way to prevent future dental problems and avoid the costs the serious treatments come with.


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