Aging And Your Teeth

Your teeth are resilient and strong, even with all the gnashing and chewing and grinding they will do over the years. But you have to take care of them. Your teeth age right along with you; there is no stopping the march of Father Time. Years and years of wear and tear do add up, and definitely take a toll on your teeth.

A few things that can affect your teeth as you age are:

  • Gum DiseaseGum Disease. The risks of gum disease increase with age. Little pockets form at the gum line where bacteria can grow. If left untreated, bacterial infections can cause damage to connective tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss. So, brush and floss twice a day, use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, and visit your dentist twice a year.
  • Wear and Tear. The function of your teeth is mechanical…to mash and grind food to make it digestible. For the most part teeth are resistant to cracking and chipping; they do not become more brittle with age. But dentists often see patients with chips and cracks, commonly from biting down hard on something like an olive pit or a kernel of un-popped corn. Bruxism or teeth grinding caused by stress is another common cause of tooth wear and tear. So, check your popcorn and olives, avoid chewing ice, and ask your dentist to check for signs of bruxism.
  • Two of the biggest threats to your teeth are sugars and starches. These carbohydrates ferment and cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids. The acids eat away at the enamel of your teeth; tiny pits form and tooth decay finds those pits. The result is cavities. Sweetened carbonated beverages are especially problematic since carbonation increases acid levels in the mouth. So, avoid frequent snacking, take it easy on sugary foods, carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks, cap your sugar craving by chewing sugarless gum, and pay attention to your daily dental hygiene.

At StarWhite Dental we want you to have a bright and happy smile all the years of your life!

Call us at (951) 698-4426 to schedule an appointment, today.

Periodontal Disease – The 411

Did you know: Your mouth is full of bacteria, germs and food particles that remain long after you have eaten, paving the way for bad breath and a yellow, sticky film known as plaque.
And plaque is the #1 cause of dental decay, gingivitis and the more serious, periodontal disease.

Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to a serious condition that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.
In the very worst of cases, teeth are lost.

Periodontal Dental Services by StarWhite Dental Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontal disease. Pregnant women, people with diabetes, smokers, people being treated for cancer and those whose immune system is compromised are also vulnerable.

Plaque, bacteria and tartar team up to cause gingivitis.
• Brushing and flossing regularly can help get rid of plaque, but plaque that is not removed can form tartar which can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist.
• The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more harmful they become.
• Signs to look for are gums that bleed easily and are tender, swollen and red.
• Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease that does not include any loss of bone or tissue that hold the teeth in place.
• Gingivitis is easily treated and can usually be reversed with good dental habits.
• However, if gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, inflammation around the tooth.

Periodontitis causes gums to pull away from the teeth which causes pockets to form at the gum line that may become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque grows. This natural response to infection starts to break down the connective tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated, tissue, gums and bone are destroyed.

The earlier it is caught, the easier periodontal disease is to treat. Be on the lookout for:
• Bad breath (halitosis) or a chronic bad taste in your mouth
• Sensitive teeth
• Recessed, bleeding, swollen and/or red gums

Concerned you may have periodontal disease? Don’t wait.
Call StarWhite Dental for a consultation appointment, today: 951-698-4426.