Aging can have an effect on your entire body, including your smile. Wondering how aging will affect your oral health? Here’s the top 5 oral health issues that you may experience as you get older.

  1. Teeth Yellowing & Discoloration
  2. There are many factors that contribute to tooth discoloration. As we age, our tooth enamel becomes thinner, which causes the layer underneath, known as dentin, to become more prevalent. Dentin has a yellowish tint to it, which is why aging patients often experience tooth discoloration.

  3. Gum Recession
  4. Gum recession is a common occurrence with older patients. In addition to periodontal disease, lower saliva production can also cause gums to recede. Without proper saliva levels, the gums will begin to thin out and shrink upwards.

  5. Natural Wear & Tear
  6. We are very tough on our teeth since we use them daily. The effects of natural wear and tear over the years can lead to some dental complications and necessary maintenance.

  7. Tooth Loss
  8. The nerves in teeth shrink over time. The reason tooth loss is more prevalent in older patients is because their teeth aren’t as sensitive, which gives bacteria and infection more opportunity to cause damage before they’re discovered.

  9. Dry Mouth
  10. This is a common oral health problem among aging patients. Decreased saliva production can lead to a wide array of oral health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. With decreased saliva production, the mouth becomes a playground for bacteria to multiply and wreak havoc on the mouth.

Combat Aging in Your Smile!

Aging is completely natural and something that we all experience. However, you don’t have to settle for a smile you don’t love as you get older! At Dental Wellness Phoenixville, we love helping patients turn back the clock on their smiles and combat the effects of aging on their oral health. We have a wide range of cosmetic treatments in addition to restorative services that can help you regain a youthful smile. Please contact our office to schedule your consultation!