Did you know that your smile could be aging you by five years or more? As people get older each year they may dye their hair to hide the greys and purchase expensive serums to reduce wrinkles, but what are you doing to ensure your teeth aren’t adding to how old you look? To understand what steps, you can take to make sure your teeth aren’t aging you, you need to understand how they could be aging you in the first place.
As your gums age, they often begin to recede due to years of bad habits. These bad habits can include poor brushing, improper oral hygiene, and smoking. Receding gums cause more of the tooth to be exposed. Increased tooth sensitivity is another unfortunate side effect of years of bad dental habits. Regular flossing and brushing is the key to preventing periodontal disease, which causes receding gums. If signs of the disease are already present, you should consult your dentist immediately.
Gum disease is the first step towards periodontal disease which can lead to receding gums as we discussed above. A staggering 1 in 3 people suffers from diseased gums, many of them without knowing. Professional dental cleanings every 6 months paired with good daily dental hygiene habits can help prevent diseased gums, but detecting gum disease as early as possible is the key to treatment. If your dentist sees signs of gum disease they can instruct you on steps to treat and reverse the effects before it leads to more serious and aging repercussions.
After years of drinking wine, coffee, tea, soda, and other colored drinks and foods it’s no wonder the color of your teeth will change. Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to teeth discoloration as well. While good daily dental hygiene can help slow down the process of your teeth yellowing, it can’t prevent it completely. Yellowing teeth quickly age a person while making them look as if they have poor dental hygiene, even if that isn’t the case. If yellowing teeth are aging your appearance you can instantly turn back the hands of time with a professional tooth whitening treatment from your dentist.
To learn more about how your teeth could be aging you and what steps you can take to reduce those aging effects, consult with All Pro Dental. Getting regular dental visits are key to keeping a healthy mouth and teeth. If you need to schedule an appointment or have questions about oral health, call us at (781) 853 – 0111 or contact us on our website.